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Saturday, October 19, 2013


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Perched on top of Bruce's gate, he was lucky enough to spy a Praying Mantis, I believe that is his second one this year, although it could be number three.  When I was a kid, I saw them all the time.  Below, his last harvest of green peppers with a little friend.  Looks like he will be having a mild winter.  After Sam saw an all black one here, looks like it will be a very cold winter for us.  I am hoping ours was a bit confused...or was just making a fashion statement.


So, after bemoaning the fact I never get to see these beauties anymore, I came home from work, in a 40mph wind that had the Jeep struggling to stay on the road.  I came around the corner of the house to see this BIG guy, also struggling in the wind.  I put my hands to the side of him, blocked the wind so he could make it the rest of the way across the walk into the plants (weeds).  I have never seen one as long as a dollar bill before.  I considered myself lucky for quite some time!! 

New on the knitting front?  I am working on a Hogwarts Express Shawl.  There are 29 owls along the bottom, each with amethyst eyes.  I am working on an easy garter stitch border a little longer than the pattern calls for to finish it off.  I just finished an orange cap for my best friend.  She requested orange, so I found a merino mixed with angora, I want it soft against her skin.  I have some orange left, to I will be making Jack Be Little Pumpkins,  They are adorable and are very easy to make.  It was so kind of The Sitting Tree to offer the pattern for free.  Won't it be fun to just leave them out at a friend's to let them find later?

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

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