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My funny Valentine (thanks Dr. H.)


Yesterday, preparing for a visit to my rheumatologist, I realized that this doctor with her tests, treatment and personal interest had actually improved my quality of life.

Recently, I was able to take up crocheting again. Something I have enjoyed in past years and pain and deformity in my hands had made it impossible the past few years.

A weeks ago, I started block one of the Traveling Afghan project. That block finished, while waiting for the next one to be posted online, I got out some yarn from my stash and in a couple of afternoons had made two shawls.

I was so pleased with this result, that I took them along to show my doctor.

You know, few people go to the doctor and tell them that things are ‘better’? The reason I know, is because I was told this after she had seen the shawls. She said it was an amazing Valentine gift.

It made me feel good too.

How did that happen?


Daughter Tara, presented a challege the other day. She’d found a link for an afghan project https://www.twoofwands.com/travelingafghans?fbclid=IwAR1tRDyvz1ZMiEEQIhociEF8UvLnGNdWvWhCiq32Zx9iyJGGeCcQn5hvRM0 for us to do.

Tara is doing the knit afghan. I recently gave away most of my knitting supplies and a large stash of yarn. However, I kept a crochet hook and some worsted yarn to give my hands something to do while watching TV.

In the God sees a need, or odd coincidences category, Grandson Brett bought me a fine set of hooks for a Christmas gift. Crochet will be my method.

My home scholed neighbor age 15, is joining me in crafting this one, so it won’t be just a TV time project. Another coincidence, or gift from God, she arrived bearing a gift of arthritis compression gloves.

Those gloves are, for me a miracle. Donning them, I found some pain relief in minutes!

#lionbrandyarn #mylifeinyarn #travelingafghans #travelingcrochetafghan #travelingknitafghan 


Recently, our family has expanded a bit. Single parent grandson and his children have been staying with us, while he does some serious re-hab on their house.

Having a Head Start student and a Pre-K student around is a challenge. We have had an assortment of the older ones in and out over the years, but no ‘little ones’ on a regular basis.

Of course we are handling it, pretty well. As Hubby says, “We can do this one more time.”

Last week our Pre-K boy needed something that started with the letter N for his ‘Show and Tell’. Uncle Brett and I helped and we soon had lovely noodle necklaces for him to take. 100_0533

I’m re you can see that the finished project made him happy, and he said  everyone in his class liked it too.

While we worked on them, I realized that I did these with my siblings, my own kids, grandkids, various nieces and nephews, and a host of the other children that filtered through out home over the years.

That’s a lot of pasta!


there are some things you really regret.

One of those things was the Christmas I was 17. Back then, as most teens, there was an aura of complacency, and not a little feeling of superiority in my being.

An elderly aunt had hand crocheted a large doll for me, looking back and now aware of what time and effort went into that doll, I know it should have meant a lot.

However, as a soon to be adult Senior in High School, I was sorely disappointed in the gift. Not because it was hand made but because it seemed to me she was not seeing me for the grownup that I had become.

The doll was tucked away, out of sight in my parents attic for several years.

I don’t know what ever became of it, but this morning while working on some Christmas craft projects, I remembered the doll and more specifically, how I felt.

I’m really sorry I was not more appreciative at the time.


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Recently, I attended a Heritage Event at Alley Spring in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

One of the exhibit demonstrations was Wagon Wheel Rug Weaving, which greatly intrigued me.

The lady weaving gave some information about how it was done, and I thought since I have lots of fabric scraps from quilt making that I should really try this.

When I got home, I looked on the internet and found some further instructions.

The first and foremost item of importance is a hoop big enough for the project. I did not have one so made a prototype on an embroidery hoop. (We are not going to discuss that here, other than to say it gave me a lot of feed back on what NOT to do).

A couple of days later, a friend came over to learn how to do this and gifted me an old hula hoop. Much better! I gave her a copy of my instructions, a sort of lesson and she has her rug completed as well.

The following pictures give an idea of this weaving technique. Adding the wheel ‘spokes’ as you go is rather challenging . Probably comparable to basket weaving. I might try that one of these days…

It took two old sheets, an assortment of scraps, about 12 hours of actual ‘work’ to complete a 34 inch rug..

Hubby remarked “It looks like a rug.” Very astute, or as a friend says, depend on a man to tell you the truth.

Not perfect, but I now know a lot more about the ‘how to’ and am looking forward to beginning another one before long.

Winter is coming and crafting is a good way to while away cold weather. And while I do it, I will have this little rug to rest my feet on!

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October 18, ready to add more ‘spokes’

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October 22, progress!

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October 28 Finished project. Still needs some trimming


I found this pattern in a magazine called Country Afghans back in 2000. Yes, I keep things I might need again, and turns out I do sometimes. I do not know it the copyright is still in effect so I am giving them credit. It is called ‘Blue Skies’ in the magazine and should, if done in the colors the instructions call for look like the first picture below.
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You will need: 4 ply worsted weight yarn
30 oz. white
10 oz. light blue
11 oz. Med blue
12 oz bright blue
Size H hook
tapestry needle gauge : Large square should be 13″ at end of border
First large square: starting in center with light blue, ch4, join with slip stitch to form ring.
Rnd 1 Ch 3 for first dc, work 2 dc in ring, (ch2, 3 dc in ring)3 times ch 2, join with sl st in top of ch 3.
Rnd 2 With med. blue join with sl st in any ch 2 space, ch 3, work 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, (ch1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) 3 times and join to first chain with sl st. Break off yarn.
Rnd 3 Using bright blue, join yarn in any ch 2 corner. Ch 3 2 dc, ch2, 3 dc in ch 2 sp. (ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch1) in ch 1 space. (3dc, ch2, 3dc,) in ch 2 corner and continue in this pattern to end of round. Join to first ch with slip st and break off yarn.
Rnd 4 With white, repeat rnd 3 including an extra 3 dc cluster in the extra ch 1 space on each side. join at end of round but do not break off yarn.
Rnd 5 Sl st over and into first corner ch 2 spthen ch 1, sc in same sp. * Hdc in each of next 2 st, dc (in next st, in nextch1 space work 2 tr, ch2, 2tr)dc in next dc, hdc in next 2st, sc in ch1 space, repeat from * once but end repeqat in corner ch2 sp. repeat from * aonce moer and join with sl st.
Rnd 6 Ch 3 for first Dc, dc in nest 5 st to first ch 2 sp. (2dc, ch2, 2dc)in ch 2 sp, *dc in next 4 st, sk next 3 st, dc in next 4 st(2 dc,ch 2, 2dc) in next ch 2 sp. Dc in next 11 st to ch 2 sp, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in 2 ch sp. Repeat from * ending row with only 5 dc, join at top of ch3 at beginning. ZBreak off.
Rnd 7 join light blue to top of 3 ch3,. Ch 3 for first dc. Dc in each dc to next ch 2 sp (2 dc, ch2, 2dc) in 2ch sp, dc in next 5 dc, dk next 2 st,dc in next 5 st. Rwepeat from * around, join and break off yarn
Rnd8 Join med. blue to top of ch 3, ch 3 and repeat Rnd 7 from * except sk4 st, instead of 2. Join as brefore and break off.
Rnd 9 Join bright blue and work as round 8, break off and set aside.
Small corner blocks Make 4 to complete large block. With white yarn, use pattern instructions for Rounds 1 and 2 fasten off.
Sew one small block to each corner of large square.
Border Dc in each stitch around, work (2dc,ch2,2dc) in each of the corner spaces. Join and break off.
You will need to make 20 squares.
Arrange squares in a 4 X5 rectangle and sew together on wrong side through back loops only. Finish with a row of hdc in each stitch around edge and weave in all yarn ends.

I made this for Hubby so I chose more masculine colors, as shown here.
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Closer look at the block.
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Well, my friends, it is still raining. The plinking or thundering sound of drops on the roof has sort of lost its pleasure. Walking on wet sponges was never much of a favorite thing to do and looking at the creek rushing where our road is supposed to be does not fill Hubby or me with elation.
Now that I have had my chance to grump and grumble, I will tell myself the blessings. I do not have to do laundry for a family and try to dry outside on a line. There was a time…
I don’t have to ‘go’ anywhere. We have food, water, a generator (just in case) and plenty of fuel for cooking.
I have crafts and books to keep me from going ‘stir crazy’.
There is the computer and phone for ‘outside contact’.
There have been moments when the sun has come out, sparkling on the water drops and a rainbow has arched across the sky. So I know that there is blue sky and God has not forgotten his promise.
I think the blessings outweigh the inconvenience.
I will wait, the rain will stop, and no doubt there will be a day we will wish for it to return.


Some time ago, the Quilt in a Day forum had a contest. Simply put, you had to name and describe an ice cream flavor, using quilting terms. The quotes in the body are for quilt terms and quilt block names. I let imagination take over and this result was my entry:

In honor of talented ‘sewing’ instructor, author, ‘quilter’, and owner of “‘Quilt’ in a Day”, Eleanor Burns, we would like to introduce, “Sunbonnet Sue ‘Light'” our newest ice cream. So much like ‘hand made’, you won’t believe a ‘machine’ was involved! A perfect new ‘angle’ for a sweet treat.

We all ‘cotton’ up to something good and this new reduced calorie flavor is sure to go around the ‘block’. Just a bit will prove our brand is a ‘cut’ above the rest. It will beome a real ‘star’ when served at your ‘log cabin’!

‘Double’ delicious, with reduced fat and calories, a ‘delectable mountain’ of “Sunbonnet Sue Light”,’fabric’ated of creamy ‘traditional’ fresh vanilla, ‘bound’ together with succulent ‘strips’ of chocolate, ‘charmed’ with ‘bright’ cherries, ‘soft’ marshmellow, and ‘pieces’ of almond will not cause any guilt in your day.

From ‘king’ to those in the ‘crib’, all will agree to our tasteful ‘blend’.

Don’t go to the ‘mat’ for a great snack or dessert idea, just ‘pick out’ our new “Sunbonnet Sue Light” at your favorite store, for a simple but elegant ‘finish’! It will become a ‘top’ choice in your freezer.

This was a lot of fun to enter and the prize of a quilt book from Quilt in a Day was a great added bonus


There have been 1000 blog posts, and Oldentimes recently hit 200 followers! Thank you so much for hanging around to see what Oldentimes has to say!
In honor of what to me is a wonder, I am going to give something away…

hand embroidered pillowcase set

hand embroidered pillowcase set

or
quilted cupcake pot holder

quilted cupcake pot holder


So if you want to leave a comment here, telling which you would like to have, a drawing will be held on March 10 and two winners will be selected. One person will recieve the pillowcases and the other the potholder.
This is my small thank you.


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Crochet circles and bigger circles and change colors for more circles… 15 circles and a little finish work and you have a hat!