Thursday, January 22, 2015

Another house hunting trip

Another house hunting trip


Picking a house to bid on is tough. It’s complicated. It’s emotionally draining. It’s exciting and terrifying.


I think what weighs on my mind the most is that I’m committing to something for years and years. Yes, I can change things. Yes, things will break and I’ll have to fix them. But, I stand in someone else’s home and try to imagine it as my home.

Now, I have a very active imagination. So, the imagining part isn’t that hard. We’ve remodeled our present home and I’m fairly conversant in handyman, so the fixing and changing isn’t hard to imagine. It’s just hard to think through everything and make sure I don’t get carried away with all the possibilities.


At least where we’re searching, it’s easy to take a long walk and let the ocean help calm down the thoughts and emotions.


More later.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

joining in with TIAS

I’ve been tatting along with Jane’s TIAS. Just not every day.
I do try to limit the sorting in our house, the browsing for the new house, and the general puttering. I try to tat each day. I’m still working on the flag. As soon as I complete another stripe, I’ll post a picture. I’m getting closer on the angel. Don’t expect a picture until February.
So, the only pictures I have to share are my TIAS: 
TIAS 2015 Day 5

back of button

I was tempted to use the back of the button. I like the little dark spot. But, not knowing how the pattern will turn out, I couldn’t decide how to orient the spot, so I used the front. But……

I have another button to use for the second sample!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Back to my goals

Well, it’s been awhile. My bad. I’m very embarrassed!

 My excuse is I’m moving….soon….to Monterey/Carmel area. That means we have to sell this house. Now, we’ve only been in this house for 15+ years. So, there’s not too much archeology required. But, we’ve raised our children here. So, there’s all the “stuff” associated with that and the memories. ‘nuff said.

 What have I been tatting you ask?

 Well, I’m still bouncing around ideas for an angel for the Prayer Shawl Ministry. I’m getting closer. I’d like to have a skirt that seems to swirl, so I’ve been looking for geometric patterns that are dense. I found this heart pattern:
Morales heart

 Lilly Morales reworked an older pattern. I kinda reworked her pattern. I’d like to adapt it for the skirt of the angel. Along with keeping up with Jane’s TIAS 2015 and continuing the flag. More on those later.