Wednesday, October 29, 2008



We consider ourselves blessed. We were just two days ago blessed with the care and upbringing of a beautiful little chihuahua, Shivers. Now those of you who really know me know that I am extremely afraid of dogs. But this little darling...he couldn't harm a fly...he is so very loving and quiet.

In the second photo he really looks big...but he is no bigger than a minute. He loves to be held. We are in the process of housebreaking him so I am really glad that my dear sweet husband knows how to do this as I am completely clueless, except to take him outside constantly.
We debated on changing his name but decided against Shivers it is...fits him too as he is always shivering....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Today we had a bit of a scare

Our eldest grandson in Seattle was admitted to the hospital. First he saw his doctor who sent him to the hospital for a CT Scan ~ and to be admitted.

Late this afternoon he had an appendectomy...thankfully it had not burst!

He is now resting comfortably with his mother by his side. Oh and eating a popsicle!

If all goes well he will be allowed to go home to recuperate tomorrow

I know this happens all the time but when our daugter called and said she was on her way to hospital this morning and explained what was going on it was a bit scary...especially our being so far away and not being able to meet them at the hospital...depending on phone calls alone...that is scary...the waiting and not knowing. I thank the Lord that all went well.

On a brighter note

I finished knitting my Waterfall Bead Scarf this evening and did a three needle bind off. I'm not happy with the bind off so I'll take it a Ravelry meeting next week and see if one of the ladies can help me...that is if I don't frog the bind off and redo it between now and then. I'll post photos when I am satisfied.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

How I Spent My Saturday

At 3:30 a.m. the alarm went off.

We left our daughter's at 5:30 a.m. and arrived at the property adjacent to the Lerdo Correctional Facility in Lerdo.

VOLKSLAUF! (go to for more information)

The Volkslauf event kicks off the 2008 Toys for Tots program in Kern County.

There was a 5K and a 10K and then a Jr Volkslauf

We were there to support our grandson who is in the Young Marine program. Some of the Young Marines participated in the runs. This is a photo of a few of the Young Marines in formation waiting for instructions. During the races and after the Jr Volkslauf the Young Marines were policing the area. Recyclables are collected with the monies going to the Young Marine program.

The day of races started with Old Glory being raised by the Kern County Fire Department. Our National Anthem was sung and then was "Let the Games Begin!"

The races started with a bang...Civil War reenactment group started each race with a Civil War era cannon...

Here are some of the children participating in their course...yes it is real mud!

Another mud pit!

This is the back of Dakota...doesn't look like much but those jeans are soaked with mud ...muddy!

After the runs participates could get rinsed off by the Kern County Fire Department

Here he is...all cleaned up and ready to police the area...again!

Quite a few of the runners were using duct tape to tape their shoes to their feet. Afterwards they just ripped the tape off and left it were it landed. Thank goodness for our Young Marines! Cleaning up after grown men and women!

Oh and we must not forget Dakota's father, our son-in-law, Scott, a former United States Marine! He dressed for the occasion. Scott volunteered to help...he was put out on the course and looked what happened to him...

We finally left the area around 2:30 p.m., stopped for a bite to eat and then headed home for a well deserved nap for everyone.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Latest Project

This is my latest project.

Waterfall Scarf to Knit with Beads


pattern by Jane Davis

When I started this scarf I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it without help. I've made a beaded bracelet on a knitting loom before and that was my first beaded project.

I love this scarf. It was amazingly easy. The pattern was easy once I got the cast on taken care of.

See all the beads? There are close to 500 beads on each end. I'm knitting both ends at the same time and then will do a three needle bind off to join both ends.

I may have to try this scarf in a chocolate, yummy!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I have photos to share

This is our grandson, Rhys Sterling. Just the cutest little baby in the world (granny says so!)

I can see he has his daddy's temper as it doesn't look like he was very happy here!

I am very proud of our grandson, Dakota. He is a member of the Young Marines...going through boot camp right now. Today he participated in a "Buddy Walk". We were told that he did a great job of taking care of his 'buddy' for the day. GRANNY IS VERY PROUD OF YOU DAKOTA!