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diann
San Francisco Bay Area
Knitter, gardener, quilter, wife, reader, cook and cat wrangler!
Interests: Knitting, reading mysteries, growing roses and herbs, vegetable gardening, landscape design, cats, green life style, quilting, home and hearth, music, travel and collecting all kinds of things.
Recent Activity
The first of my markers for the year has come and gone; Stitches West was last weekend. I've been to every Stitches West since the beginning, something like 22 years and counting. The first year I was so amazed and fascinated, and didn't realize it was an annual event, that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at (still) knits with cats
I never intended to let the blog languish for so long, but somehow, it seems to fall off the list of things to do when life gets really busy. And it has gotten really busy this year - which, by the way, seems to be whizzing past a light speed!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at (still) knits with cats
(I had another post well underway, when TypePad ate it. I don't have the will to recreate it now, so this will have to do!) 1. Long, very warm baths with lavender or eucalyptus bath salts 2. Really good peaty smoky scotch, drunk neat 3. Starting a new knitting or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at (still) knits with cats
So far, 2015 has been rather a disappointment and very difficult. I was inspired when Barb suggested a do-over, therefore, I am shouting "Happy New Year" tonight in hopes that 2015 has had enough time to get over it's childish temper tantrum and get on with making this the year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at (still) knits with cats
Today's topic is 10 Stores (actual brick-and-mortar stores) I like. Rather challenging since I'm a cyber-shopping fool, and think actually setting foot in a store is akin to torture, but here goes! 1. Dale Hardware This is our local Ace Hardware store, and it seems that if they don't have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
This year has flown by, and it's December already, and I feel I have very little to show for the year. I've knitted some, gardened some, read some and dabbled in lots of things some. Somehow it feels like nothing was finished, nothing came to fruition, and very little was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
Well, it's been a while. I don't think I've ever let the blog languish this long without posting something - anything! - no matter how inane or ridiculous. It's been an eventful couple of months, to say the least. Not only did I try to make some changes in my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
Over the weekend, Barb challenged readers to commit to making small changes to our daily routines for 30 days. She suggested 5 or 6 small things - 5 or so minutes each - that would start an immediate move down the path to where you really want to be in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
Todays 10 on Tuesday is 10 foods that belong together, which seems easy because some foods are just made for each other - peanut butter and jelly, for example. Let's see just how easy this is, shall we? 1. Blue corn tortillas, red chile and fried eggs 2. Peanut butter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
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Ten on Tuesday is a little different this week. We are to name 10 favorite things that are red, and since Ireally love red, it should be pretty easy. I am, after all, the woman who told her new husband that red was a neutral color! 1. My toenails have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
Attempting to get myself to actually capture the posts I write in my head, subscribed to Ten on Tuesday for fodder. Today's Ten on Tuesday is a bit different. We are to write 1o things that "I am". 1. I am, all too often, defined by my work. 2. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
2013 is now just a memory and 2014 is the reality. I have mixed feelings about 2013. It wasn't a bad year, nothing dire happened, some good and surprising things did happen. It was just rather "meh"! Knit some, pieced some, cooked and gardened and trzvelled and painted...did lots but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at (still) knits with cats
I always do this in my head, and practically never on the blog! Today's Ten on Tuesday is favorite kitchen gadgets. 1. Ken's KitchenAid mixer. It's the older style that lifts the bowl up, and Ken believes I married him for the mixer. Not true, of course, but it was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at (still) knits with cats
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It's Spring in the SF Bay area, and it's been lovely. Last weekend Ken and I celebrated my birthday month with a Saturday visit to The City. We brunched at Millers East Coast Deli, visited the Cable Car Museum, walked to Pier 41, and then back to the Ferry Building.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at (still) knits with cats
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It's been a while since the last post - seems I have more good intentions than time. Everything is busy busy busy, and I'm consciously trying not to fall into the constantly busy trap. This introvert needs some alone time and some down time to cope well. Crying in Wendy's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at (still) knits with cats
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Happy 2013 y'all! 2012 was a very interesting year, and I expect 2013 to be even more so. I'm ready to "end as I mean to go on" - the laundry is done and put away, the cat boxes have been cleaned and sanitized, the kitchen is clean, bills are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
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Today is Black Friday, and here's how I plan to spend my day: I'll be knitting on my Color Affection scarf, piecing my froggy quilt top, reading, drinking coffee or tea, and gardening - when it's warm enough outside. Later today, we'll get to downtown Niles by walking or driving.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
Hard to believe how long it's been since I posted last, and even longer since I posted regularly. Life - and specifically work - has been getting in the way of the things on my list of "want to do's" and butting in with a lot of "have to do's"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
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On this date in 2000, I did the smartest thing I've ever done: I married Ken, the love of my life. Happy 12th anniversary to us! Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
Today is the 3rd Father's Day since my Dad died, and surprisingly, it's been the hardest one yet for me. I miss talking to my Dad and getting a response. (I still talk to him all the time, but he doesn't hold up his end of the conversation very well!)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
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I gave myself lumber for my birthday. My darling husband is buying me dirt - well, potting soil and manure and compost - for the new raised beds. We're going to take the back 3500+ square feet of our yard and convert lawn and sprinkler systems to raised beds with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
Cannot believe it's been more than 2 months since the last post! It has been a busy couple of months though. Lots to tell, though, and yarn to show! After completing 3 years, 3 months and 10 days (of a six-month contract) and having more fun than is probably legal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
Let's call them plans, shall we? Resolutions really ought to be defined as things we know we should do, and will try to do for a few weeks, but won't continue with, for whatever reason. So for 2012 I have some plans, intentions and new habits! 1. Use all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at (still) knits with cats
According to the calendar today in January 1, New Year's Day. It doesn't seem like it! No Tournament of Roses Parade, no big college football games - nope, it can't be New Year's Day! We acted as if this was any Sunday, and went about our normal first Sunday of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at (still) knits with cats