I hope you and your family enjoyed our country’s annual tradition of gathering and eating turkey and, more importantly, stuffing and pie.

This year I am grateful for:

  • My adorable dog’s continued adorableness.
  • My family all being in good health.
  • The beautiful California weather.

beach and knitting

I managed to drag my kids out away from the computer for at least part of one of the days of this vacation. We went to my favorite off-leash dog beach. Look how beautiful it is there!


Also, my dog loves it. He even let his feet get wet this time. Usually he avoids being wet at all costs.

dog beach

We all had fun. The kids and I watched the dog run around and play with other dogs and dig and roll around in the sand. Dogs are pretty entertaining when they are off leash and having fun.

Just because this is a knitting blog and I have posted a picture of it in a while, here is my poncho in progress. It’s getting longer, at least!

the poncho grows

missed a day, movies, joys of homeownership

I missed yesterday, thinking I didn’t have anything to write about, but I sort of did and forgot. I went to see Bad Moms Christmas with a couple of friend’s yesterday. It felt like an excuse to see my friends, turn off my phone, and eat popcorn. All things I generally enjoy. The movie was okay. It seems like since Bridesmaids they have really ramped up the raunch factor on some of these movies starring women, just for the sake of raunch. I laughed a few times, I was glad when characters resolved their issues, and I got to eat yummy popcorn.

After the movie I went to a friend’s house to play with her puppy for a bit. She was going to be alone all day and needed a bit of a break. That was fun. She is really cute and loves playing with my dog, which I enjoy watching.

Before the movie and early this morning we had a plumber over to check some drain issues. A couple things needed replacing (which is why he had to come back today) and right now there is water dripping under my kitchen sink (I have something there to catch it) so I guess I’ll be seeing the plumber again tomorrow!

Isn’t homeownership fun?

rewards of parenting

One of the things I find most rewarding about parenting is watching my children enjoy things that I enjoyed in my own childhood. Yesterday, my younger son and I went to see the local middle school’s production of Annie. It was really good and he fell in love with the songs and asked me to put them on his iPod. I flashed back to my own childhood and my cassette tape of the Annie soundtrack which I am pretty sure I listened to until it fell to pieces. I can’t actually remember if I ever got to see the play but I know I saw the movie in the 80s and liked it almost as much as I loved that tape.

Today, my older son had his friends over to play Dungeons and Dragons. That has become a regularly occurrence. They play after school once a week but recently they have also started coming here once a week for a few hours. I didn’t play much actual D&D but I used to play RPGs in high school and college. We would play our games in a marathon in my friend Jeff’s basement, and we were older so there were smoke (not for me) and coffee (yes for me) breaks. It’s nice to see this group of kids that I’ve known since they were kindergarteners as high school students doing something so much like what I did in high school. They even sometimes play board games and let me play too.

contemplating sewing

I drove up to San Francisco today to meet my mom at Britex Fabrics. They are moving and were having a sale. I was looking for knit fabrics because I have my eye on a serger and want to make tunics and/or dresses and possibly leggings. I found some knit that I think will work for a tunic/dress.


It has tiny stripes that I hope don’t drive me crazy. Fingers crossed!

I do want to try my hand at pants and leggings one of these days too but the knits with enough stretch weren’t marked down very much and I also don’t want to get ahead of myself.

stepping it up

Those of you who know me probably know that I am slightly obsessed with my FitBit. I keep a close eye on my step count an often also on my ranking in my friend’s list. I find that my mood is much better when I am getting 10,000 steps a day. Knowing that doesn’t always help me get there, however.

This morning, I walked with the dog down to the dog park so he could run around a bit. It doesn’t get me as many steps as a hike but it wears him out. While we were there, a friend texted and invited me to a hike, so off we went to that as well!

hiking view
California has awesome skies

I tried to get a picture of the Stanford Dish but I don’t think you can see it. The sky was pretty awesome and at one point we could see all the way to the bay. I love living in the Bay Area.

The result of this hike was that I hit my 10,000 steps at 11 this morning! That was much better than the past few days when I’ve only gotten to about 6,000 total. Now, to make that happen again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, etc.

it’s good to give

I gave blood today. This was my 24th donation since I started donating regularly in 2013. That’s three gallons! I give blood because I am able and because I know there are many people who aren’t able for a variety of reasons, whether they are health related or due to their life history (like my husband who grew up in Europe).

blood donation

I give at the Stanford Blood Center. I would urge you to donate if you are able. You get free cookies when you are done.