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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thank You, Ms Streep, for Speaking from Your Heart to Mine

Meryl Streep took her opportunity on the world stage to express her sadness and outrage at the actions of the President-elect after he publicly mocked a reporter with a disability.

These are her words:
There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. 
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.

I have spent much of my life working with people with disabilities, including ones like the reporter appears to have. There is no doubt in my mind that the mocking was intentional and the denial prevarication of the highest order. Denial-we're going to be seeing a lot of that coming up...

Michael J Fox has been publicly mocked for his disability too. Same type of person doing the mocking, remember? Wouldn't want that asshole to be my president either.

Thank you, Ms Streep, for saying in a public forum what so many of us have felt in our hearts.

You have become an even bigger hero of mine.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cat Blanket Makes it to the Big Bed

The Cat decided that she wasn't so fond of the blanket.

So, Ormond bought six more skeins, I crocheted for several more days and now it's big enough to cover our queen-sized bed. I have slept under it for the last few nights and it is glorious. It breathes due to the extended Single Crochet stitch that I used thruout. It is warm and conforms; fabulously different from the fleece blanket I have been using since 2012.

CatCat's loss is my gain.

Silly kitty.

Wyatt practices with his hammer. I miss you, Little Guy.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Crocheting a New Blanket for CatCat 2.0

First time I have used fuzzy, thick blanket yarn, I am falling in love with how quickly it works up and its softness.

Bernat brand, variegated browns with an olive green accent it is so much the color of the cat that I couldn't do anything with it but make her a blanket for the Pooh couch which she shares with the Littles.

At present she is asleep on the table here in the living room window; I prefer she not get atop the tables but since her couch is being manipulated by me every few hours as I check blanket's size, I guess she can get away with this behavior for now.

Last evening just before sundown I began to crochet.

Here it is completed covering the small couch she likes:

Will she use the new bedding or continue to sleep elsewhere !~!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Want List and Need List

Life contains lots of lists: grocery, chores, guest, monthly budget items...

The want list of holidays as a kid.

The need list of the new mom or freshly minted apartment dweller.

The lists in my life at this moment are empty. There is nothing I need or want. It's an incredibly freeing feeling; one that I want to carry with me for a long, long time.

Peace-Within Our Reach

So much happened these last few months that putting it all into words eludes me.

Moving forward with a hopeful heart remains my only viable course of action.

Small babes with first-time parents look to me for sound advice, comfort and my attitude of cheerful optimism-offering anything less would be a huge disservice to them and their families.

So onward, thru the frogs, we go.

With gleeful abandon the babe loves his little "fort".

Have safe and productive holidays; may each step we take lead the way to Peace.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Lynda Loves a Baby !~!

Into my life since returning from my cross-country drive mid-June have come not one, two, or even three babies. Amazingly, five little individuals between the ages of five and seven months take up my weekdays and keep me enthralled and cheerfully wiped out by day's end. Two little lads and a trio of lassies-such an honor to be entrusted with them.

Thank you, families of woobers, 
I sincerely promise to do right 
by every one of them each time they are with me.

Giggles and slobber and gummy grins are moment-to-moment events in this intimate, cozy world.

Grip strength and accuracy improve as demonstrated by scratch marks and the fistfuls of my hair I disentangle from their flailing, grabby small paws.

Learning to sit uses brain power and the core muscles on which we have worked daily for months.

Passing objects from hand to hand with wonder-filled eyes--theirs and mine--confirms synapses are forming rapidly and correctly.

Eating those amazing foods which grace their family dinner table brings all their caregivers incredible diaper surprises.

I could not be happier.

Have a safe and peaceful December.

As always, thanks for spending a few minutes.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

#OaklandFire #OaklandWarehouseFire

Thoughts and condolences are sent out to all who have been touched by this tragedy in the Oakland Warehouse District Friday night December 2nd, 2016.

Thirty-six people were lost in the fire. is collecting donations for the victims, families and others affected by this horrific event.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hello Again-Been a While-New Hat

Post # 250 !~! Wow.

So much has happened...

So I crocheted a new hat for my newest woober-Pepper !~!

Karen's new birthday bracelet makes an appearance in this pic !~!

Cute but too small for any except Pepper.

Isn't he adorbs ?~! So much personality.

Remember Ginger from a few years ago when she and Piper used to sit on my lap
and crow "Two Babies, Lynda!" This little bubby is her brother.

Ginger is on the right. Can you see the resemblance ?~!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunflower Bliss

This year's crop of sunflowers has outdone itself !~! The prettiest row of blooms in the entire courtyard has manifested itself at the edge of our lot. Look !~!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Home Looks Good These Days

After flying to Ft Myers in the far SW corner of Florida and then driving back to the Bay Area in the last two weeks, I am ready to walk for the next month.

For a long time, my best friend/soulmate and I have talked of retiring together and now that has happened. We are here together in northern California. Safely, after navigating an SUV across 3200 miles of freeway-just the two of us.

We stopped in Oklahoma and had a Lay Day while getting to know my teenage grandkids. How cool is that?

We saw petrified wood, waterfalls, a herd of wild horses. Enough trees in the green palette to last us a lifetime and the oranges and tans and browns of the desert provided a startling contrast.

So here we are, embarking on a new lifestyle. Sharing a home with my husband, trooper that he is !~! And a tiny service dog named Isabella Louise.

pictures to follow....

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sunflowers are Getting Taller by the Day

We have planted a row of the tall, yellow-blossomed Sunflowers again. They are growing at an inch a day.

Yes, an inch a day.

 Sunday, May 22, 2016
 We were headed to a Party-hence the gorgeous dress !~!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 Today, Friday May 27, 2016

We need to feed this kid more HGH !~!
She hasn't grown in five days, we're pretty sure.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday-Piper Retrospective

Piper's sister was in a live performance when Piper was quite small and we could hear Piper laughing all over the theater when she saw Charlie for the first time in costume.

Piper will be eight this summer. Where have those years gone ?~!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

An Exciting Week Wraps Up

* New sewing machine arrives to replace the clunker I've used nearly every day for five year. Isn't it amazing what a hundred bucks will buy ?~! I bought the same model as the old one so all the accessories like bobbins and presser feet will fit. It's a Singer 2277. Simple, straightforward, easy to use... So Quiet !~!

* Successful Lemonade Stand with the Littles. A month-long project comes to fruition Thursday afternoon and is a rousing success.

* Fruit trees producing like crazy: cherries, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, apples, grapes, lemons.

* Ornamentals: sunflowers, roses, calendula, poppies, rhododendron, hydrangea, miniature roses, wildflowers round the base of the Australian Boxwood, finally new leaves on the Weeping Copper Beech, field irises, night-blooming jasmine, aloe bloomed for the first time ever in thirteen years, jade tree drops pieces and they take root, Red Maple stuns everyone who walks past it, cedar tree stretches for sky-I think she thinks she's sequoia !~!

May is a great month-new growth everywhere and summer rushing in.