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Winners are: 3rd place- e-book of your choice: Wendy Nystrom. 2nd place- book of your choice, paper or e-book: Sue Ann Crawford. Winner of the afghan: Elaine Hull.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Afghans I Have Made- Crochet- Lacy Diamonds

This crocheted afghan has already been featured on the blog, at the time I made it. This was number 7 afghan I made. It was a gift for my friend Irene.

I finished it seven years ago. That's really hard to believe!

crocheted afghan

The other thing that is hard to believe is that this beauty was a free pattern that came on the back of a yarn wrapper. I tweaked it a little bit to make the design more regular, but not much. When I chose it, I was specifically looking for a pattern that did not look like every other crocheted afghan in the books.

Although it looks as if it was made in strips, the entire afghan is made in one large piece. This eliminates sewing things together later. Although the work gets heavier and bulkier as you go, I like not having to sew things. An edge was added later to feature colors in Irene's house.

Here's a close up of one section of the pattern.

crocheted afghan

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On the Edge

Just a small wonderland discovered on the edge of a sandy driveway.

moss and lichen

Some moss with the sporangia standing tall.

moss and lichen

And those cute little pixie cup lichen!

pixie cup lichen

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Passed a small wetland today filled with greening hummocks. I just liked the way it looked. Interesting patterns and textures and contrasts.


How about a closer view?


This is not the same place as the "marshmallows," but it's the same kind of place.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Two More Daffodils

Here are two more of the daffodil varieties I have blooming right now. What I need are similar wonderful summer flowers the deer won't eat.

First are 'Pistachio.' I paid real money for these. They were supposed to be green. They are sort of greeny-yellow. But the picture in the catalog was really lime green, and I got my money back. They've stayed true with that green cast so I can always tell which ones they are, but they never got any greener.

pistachio daffodils

These are from the farm where I grew up. Mom always said these were Grandma Leary's favorites, old-fashioned yellow double daffodils. I'm not a huge fan of the doubles, but I like that they are a connection from home. Most of the flowers that were brought here over the years from those gardens are long gone.

double daffodils

Right now we are having a thunderstorm with rain and some hail. Very spring-like. But the grass will grow! If I'm going to get the lawnmower fixed it had better be soon!

Today I dried clothes outside again. However, I nearly missed the chance. The weather report said 80% chance of rain all day, so I figured it was a no-go. But it kept getting nicer and nicer. When the sun came out after lunch, I quickly threw a load in the washer, and actually got them out and dry before 6 pm. Horray!

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Sunday, April 24, 2016


Another trip around the sun for me. I think I'm getting dizzy from the increased speed each year.

In other news, I finally found proof that my (half) brother has died. I've been doing internet searches for an obit for several years with no luck. For some reason, one popped up today. He died in 2008. Hard to believe it never showed up before. I'm pretty sure it's the right person. Correct age, city, and middle initial. Sigh.

This is the last picture I have of him, taken the day of our dad's funeral in 1976. I did also see him in 1977 when he came to get some of the things that were left to him.

I'm on the left, my mom (not John's) in the middle, and John on the right.

John S. Leary

He was 22 years older than I am, so was grown with a starter family before I ever knew him. He was a Seabee, stationed at Pearl Harbor after the war was essentially over. Somewhere I have his patch. I really need to start finding things like that.

I always have called him Brother John. He phoned me, out of the blue about 15 years ago, which made me feel really special. And he sent Christmas cards. Until the year he didn't, which made me wonder. Hard to believe it was eight years ago that must have ended.

He was 6'4" tall, so when I was little he seemed immense. He would make a swing seat of his hands and swing me between his knees and then up high and down again. I loved it! Visits from him were very special.

He was a Massachusetts State Policeman for a number of years, and then went into private security.

Mom always said that Dad, John and I all walked exactly alike. I'll take that as a compliment!

I've also done some unsuccessful hunting over the years for my nephew, Ricky. I think I may have found him. Got a snail mail address, so I might drop him a note. Of course, I haven't seen him since we were children. It's shocking to learn that he's 68. Wink.

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