Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pens! Paper!

Ray was given a cheap fountain pen by a friend at school and it started a little flurry of purchasing around here. I already owned a few of these notebooks and pens but I bought more, for him and for me, and now I think we have enough.

When we traveled to Albuquerque for a week in November, I took a very small, hand made journal along to attempt a bullet journal. My schedule is not that difficult to keep track of but I liked the idea of having my short term and long term to-do lists and some daily notes all in one place. I filled up the first notebook in a few weeks and am now working steadily on Bullet Journal #2.

Everyone will have their own way of making such a project work. I like to glue a few things in, like a Smash Book or scrapbook, and do a few drawings and use some rubber stamps here and there. Mostly, I just document some highlights of the day and have cleaned up several of the project and stash lists I used to have scattered across my desk. I like having an index in the front so numbered pages have proven to be useful. I really like the paper of my current notebook, a Rhodia Webnotebook, but it is awkward to write in because it has remained stiff and will not lay flat. So, I won't choose that one again. There are a couple of others already in the pile that I will try next.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Daughter

- Katherine -
Target shooting in Cordova

Walking the docks with Dave in Anacortes

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cyborg Ferrets

My next sewing project is to make a two sided heavy duty flag for the high school robotics team. This logo, a "cyborg ferret", is a large part of the design but I don't have a pattern yet or much direction. I have learned that one of the eyes will be lit by battery powered LEDs so I'll need to make a small pocket behind the eye to carry the weight. There are quite a few things I will need to figure out along the way. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving in New Mexico

Quite a few years ago, I started out planning a trip to Arizona and ended up going to Spain. I'm sure other people do this - Dave and I talked about going to Mexico for Christmas and, after looking at airfares and schedules, we bought tickets to Albuquerque over Thanksgiving.

Ray had several half days of school before a 4 day weekend so we didn't mind having him miss a few days of classes. It is his senior year and he stays caught up, even though he is pretty good at turning in his assignments at the last minute. :-)

We rented a car and drove up to Los Alamos and Santa Fe. We focused on science, history, art and Mexican food. It was a great trip!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Golden Leaves Socks

These are for Jazmin. It is a sock club pattern, so I suggested the pattern, and I laid out a few skeins of yarn for her to choose the color. They look pretty white in the pictures but the color is called Silver Lining and it is really light grey with the natural and lovely variegation that occurs with hand dyed yarn. 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Wapiti Shawl

My friend, Luanne, gave me this yarn for my birthday. It is so soft! Since it is lightweight, I thought it would make up to be a nice shawl to wear as a scarf.

Pattern: Wapiti Shawl

It measures 52" across and 23" deep, which seems large for a scarf, but it wraps nicely around the neck and is lighter than a feather. It's lovely.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Here I am with my two sisters, Alicia and Anita. They cooked up a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon and I was so happy to join them there. I drove down (the snowstorm that was predicted did not show up, thank goodness) and we stayed together at a hotel in the Nob Hill neighborhood. We had the best time! We just walked around, went shopping and ate in a few cool restaurants. We didn't get to half of the places we had talked about seeing so I guess that means we will have to plan another trip soon. 

Portland always seems like such a vibrant city to me. There are lots of people out and about on the streets and sidewalks, with a friendly bustle in the air. Businesses are mixed in with some of the residential areas so it has a real walkable quality to it. I think I could spend a few weeks there easily if there was a decent place to stay.