Sunday, August 21, 2011

Columbus Knitters' Lee County Fiber Quest

Recently we learned that there were new yarn stores in Auburn and Opelika, so we planned what we call a "yarn store field trip." Yesterday was the day. We had such fun! My favorite barbecue place is in Auburn and my friends indulged me lunch there. Thankfully they enjoyed it, too. We met the nice yarn store owners, bought a lot of yarn, ate good food, bought some more yarn, got to see our student from last year who is now a freshman at Auburn University, and enjoyed our journey there and back together. I love my knitsters! Please press the "play" button below to see my photos.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One more thing

In my update the other day, I left out a trip I took to Atlanta with my friends Karen and Ellen on August 6th to celebrate Karen's birthday. It was my first visit to Cheesecake Factory and their first visit to IKEA. Click the photos for more info.
Me, Ellen, and Karen
My Lunch
Karen's Lunch - Buffalo Bleu Chicken Sandwich
Ellen's Lunch - Mushroom Swiss Burger
A storm hit while we were in IKEA.
Leaving IKEA

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Catching Up

Dang, it's been a long time since I did a "here's what up" post. (Click the links or the photos for more info or more photos.) Here goes:

I spent Memorial Day Weekend in South Carolina with friends

and family

In June the Knitting Group observed Worldwide Knit in Public Week with (click for the photos) a series of events. Great fun was had by all!

I went to the National Infantry Museum July 4th weekend.
Me in front of the Museum
I saw fireworks on the Fourth.
Oooo (3/365)
I saw my friend Katy play her first featured gig.
Ready to Start
I went to my high school reunion later in July.
My friend Cindy and I went to a concert by the group Truth. We followed them for years until they stopped touring nine years ago. We were at their farewell concert in 2002 and now they are doing a reunion tour and we were at the first concert on that tour. It was so nice to hear the old songs again.
My friend Alice had a birthday party.
Alice's Birthday Cake (32/365)
I started back teaching two-year-old Sunday School after taking a break with the Crawler class last year.

This is my new class who moved up last week:

I saw the group The Landsharks at the Phenix City Amphitheater last night. It was a fun party!
At the end of the concert the moon was high in the sky (at the top of the frame)
I've also been knitting:
Seed Stitch Dish Cloth (10/365)
Dishcloth (31/365)
Dishcloth (34/365)
I finished knitting this dishcloth that I had started earlier in the day at the concert
Okay, I know that was a fast summer, but now I won't feel like I have so much to say to get caught up that it's overwhelming and I won't feel like I have time to blog.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Here I Go Again

I know I don't blog like I should. I apologize to those of you who follow me. I wanted to let you know that I'm doing another 365 project where I take a photo every day and post them to my flickr page. Please go and check my photos out. Leave a comment on the ones you like. If it won't let you sign in to flickr (say, if you don't have an account?), you can leave a comment here telling me which one's your favorite. I'll take to check in here more often. (I've heard that song before.)

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Emotional healing, spiritual healing. It's a long road, let me tell you. It's not a straight road, either. There are lots of curves and hills. Whew! It's exhausting.

I went to Books-A-Million when they were having their clearance and bought a book called You're All That - Understanding God's Design for Your Life by Paula White. I've learned a couple of lessons from that book that I'd like to share with you:

Lesson 1) The Bible says that all things work together for good for those who love God and choose to put themselves in alignment with his purposes. Therefore, you can choose to believe that everything that happens to you is a factor in creating your ultimate good. You can choose to be happy in a situation or circumstance, even a dire or undesirable circumstance. Why? Because you aren't drawing your happiness from the event or situation itself, but rather, you are drawing happiness from your belief that God is always at work and that He will create something good for you.

Lesson 2) Ask God to help you think in new ways, to feel new feelings. Ask God to fill you with His presence so that you will not react in anger, fear, worry, or doubt, but rather, with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and mercy.

Lesson 3) One of my high school friends posted this link yesterday on facebook. I clicked on it this morning, but didn't have time to read it before going to work. I left the tab open so I'd remember to read it when I got home. When I came home, I was feeling sad and discouraged. (One of those uphill passages on the long road to healing.) When I sat down at the computer I found that tab I'd left open. I started reading. As I got to the last third of it, peace and comfort poured over me like water washing away the dirt of the day. I'm so thankful it was here waiting on me when I got home. I sure needed it.

What lessons have you learned lately?

Sunday, March 13, 2011


So, in the last month my life as taken an unexpected turn. It's meant a lot of heartache, tears, prayer, and changes. I've been re-reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. One of the "verses to remember" is Romans 12:2b - "Let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect." This verse really hit home and I read it as a prayer - "God, transform me inwardly by a complete change of my mind. So that I will be able to know Your will - what is good and is pleasing to You and is perfect." I need to pray that every day. Maybe I'll put it up on the bathroom mirror.

Chapter 25 quotes Psalms 24:18 - "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He rescues those who are crushed in spirit." Warren says, "Your most profound and intimate experience of worship will likely be in your darkest days - when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you're out of options, when the pain is great - and you turn to God alone. It is during suffering that we learn to pray our most autentic, heartfelt, honest-to-God prayers." This guy is good and he knows where I'm at right now.

So, God's using this experience to transform me. I don't know for what, but I don't need to know. God knows. I don't need to see where the road leads. I just need to continue down the road.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rest in Peace, Smokey Joe

My dad calls all cats "Smokey Joe". I'm not sure why. A few years ago a cat showed up at his house who he called, yep, "Smokey Joe".

Daddy would feed Smokey and then tell him to "go home". I told him, "Daddy, I think he IS home." Smokey would come and go for a while. Over the last couple of years, though, Smokey pretty much stuck around.

Smokey had been around the block a time or two - nicked ears, scars on his neck - but like most cats Smokey appreciated a good head rub.

He was always at the carport door in the morning to greet Daddy and ask for breakfast.

This morning when Daddy went to feed him, he found that Smokey had passed away.

Tears filled my eyes tonight driving to my knitting group when Daddy told me on the phone. This beautifully marked cat who never was really family had still become part of our lives.

We'll miss you, Smokey Joe. I hope you find peace in kitty heaven that eluded you in your early life.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I haven't blogged since October? Really. Wow! Okay, I'm going to do better. I've had some time open up on my calendar, so that sounds like a good thing to do.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Boots gets a toy

Boots gets a toy
Originally uploaded by Holly S.
I made a toy for Boots. I think he likes it.