Friday, March 16, 2018


This week found me making early morning drives...

To gather a herd of Little Loves...

For a few adventures including a visit to Caldwell Zoo...

So many years I've taken Loves to this great little zoo... 

It was free when I took Amanda and Zack... beginning almost four decades ago... what a wonderful blessing to young families by the Caldwell family back then.  When the older Caldwells passed away, the younger generation started charging for admission.  Though it's still a great place to visit, every time I go, I remember all the years I could bring my children for free.  It is truly amazing that the senior Caldwells made such a GIFT to their community of this zoo.  I was very thankful then and I still am.

Caldwell Zoo always makes for a fun family outing...  Our Littles LOVE following their MAPS and checking off all the animals, birds and reptiles.

I don't think we've ever passed this spot without needing a photo!  It's just beyond a beautiful pair of white tigers.  The day was sunny and cool, so almost all the animals were stretched out sunning themselves.  Not much activity!  Just napping.  Ha!  This Noni was ready for a nap when the day was done!

I'm running behind on my blog visiting... I promise to catch up soon!  I'm "making hay while I can" as the old farmers say!  Hope all of you are having a wonderful SPRING break!! 

blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Blessings and Basketball

The older I get, the more I realize just how much of a blessing good health is.  We tend to take it for granted until our fragility rears its head.   We had a bit of a health scare with Amanda recently.  Over the past year, her hearing had become so impaired she finally conceded to a hearing aid.  Then, over the past months, her vision in one eye had blurred markedly and she had developed a constant sense of pressure behind her eye.  With both her hearing and eyesight issues, we began to have concerns of something even more serious than hearing and vision loss. 

Finally, after a battery of tests, we have taken a deep breath.  She has been cleared of tumor or neurological disease.  Still, the stark and fresh realization of our fragility leaves me shaken.  Also, My Beloved has been suffering with a bout of cluster headaches.   Oh, the blessing of good health.  Not to be taken for granted.

Last weekend, we enjoyed a short visit to Ft. Worth and took in the Water Gardens with the Little Men & Co.  It reminded me of a concrete jungle of sorts.

While the waterfall went DOWN, the mountain went UP!

I can't imagine how many gallons of water flow through this place in an hour!

Any day is made better sharing it with these two!

And, we were able to attend their last basketball games of the season!  So fun to get to see them play!

And, this little smarty pants (6 years old) runs the scoreboard for his big brother's team after enjoying a win on his own team! Ha! 

Their Daddy, Jerry, coached Andrew's team and is always encouraging and leading these boys in such a wonderful way.  I feel so blessed to have him as father to my grandchildren and husband to my daughter.

And, this one... well, our visit was good for all the usual reasons of loving to spend time with this precious family, but most of all... this mother (me) just needed to see and touch and hold her own child and thank God for her... and for her health. 

I am so thankful.

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Go Away...

Rain, rain, go away... come again another day...

I remember that little sing-song ditty from my childhood...

I'm starting to sing it... Ha!  We've had LOTS of rain and thunderstorms.  Last Thursday at about 2am, the Weather Alert on my iPhone went off... I'm not sure how much good it's going to do to warn you about flooding if it causes you to have a heart attack in the process of warning you!  Mercy!  Took me forever to go back to sleep.  And, it was NOT because I was worried about being washed away in a flood. 

The little Sedums have liked the rainy days.  They are going strong.  To tell the truth, we've still had lots of fun in spite of the gloom.

A friend made Hatch green chili enchiladas for us that were ah-maz-ing.  Good food.  Good company.  Nothing wrong with that.

Our grandgirls brought lots of chuckles and fun.  Do you think she's thinking her sister's ice cream scoop is bigger than hers?  LOL!

And, there have been BRIEF reprieves... Which we have savored!

 This day, the blue skies lasted about 45 minutes... I happy danced the whole time.  ;)

And, I'm not hating on this yarn or the k4tog anymore (it helps this was the last row of the lace).  Most of the time, stuff just grows on me if I stay with it.  Don't know what that says about me.  LOL!  But, now, I'm getting excited to see what it will be like finished.  Oh, I hope it will be good!

The rain is REALLY falling right now.  I'm going to finish this up and then start the stockinette part of my knitting project.  A little mindless meditation.  Good therapy. 

I hope, whatever your weather, there is good mixed in with the gloom!

blessings ~ tanna

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gray Days

May you see hope in a daffodil... or the last light of day...

blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Leftover Hat Love and Swatch H*%#

A very happy use of my leftover Noro yarn!  Love this little hat!

Free pattern:  Rusc by Harlee Wentworth.  I'd give this pattern my highest marks!  Love the texture and way it worked up!

I did do a little modification to make it a pillbox shape.  The notes are here on my Ravelry page.  I'm thinking I may need to do another following the pattern all the way.  Just a wonderful, thick feel!

So... I swatched... and, I swatched... and, I swatched....  I ended up having to go up two needle sizes to get gauge (I hope).  Makes me seriously wonder what went awry with my Flat Rib Popover Vest! How could it have turned out so large, when my usual sin is on the tight side.  Hmmm... still a mystery.

So... I have finally just taken off knitting... Remembering how much I LOVE doing lace...

Then, coming to the realization I don't particularly like the feel of this yarn... I don't like doing k4tog... ever.  And, it's a LONG way around.  Not boding well for this project so far...

Frustrations with the swatch business... with the feel business... and with the FREQUENT use of k4tog over 340 stitches... All adding up to make the likelihood of this becoming a finished object a teensy bit at risk.

More to be revealed...

Like life... a little good and happy... a little hard and frustrating...

Wishing you all as much of the good and happy as you can get!

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Share a Little Love...

I love handmade Valentines...

If you're looking for a way to share a little love with one (or MORE, as in my case) of your Valentines, I highly recommend this Heart Garland by Sarahndipities! 

It is super simple and I LOVE the shape of the hearts!!  Making them is like eating potato chips... hard to quit!  LOL! This one is not attached like the pattern called for (I had started making the hearts and didn't take the pattern with me before I was ready to connect them to make a garland).

Isn't that a sweet shape???

The one below is attached like the pattern called to do (cloudy day, bad light).  I liked them either way.  I changed it up a bit by making a small heart (just the inner row of the heart) on the end and continuing across with the chain to connect all the hearts and then another small heart at the other end.  

I'm going to leave you today with a couple of my favorite old posts on LOVE and all my best wishes for you to feel LOVE settle into your bones today...


The Love Bug

Happy Valentine's Week!  blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Couldn't Stand It

Okay, y'all.  I just couldn't stand to not use all of the beautiful Noro Taiyo yarn I ordered for this project.  So... I added the sleeves called for in the pattern.

Unfortunately, I STILL have a skein and a good part of a second one left.  My brain is whirring on what I could do to use all of this beautiful yarn.... a hat... a scarf... add length to the jacket...

The good news is that I LOVE. THIS. JACKET!!  I really liked it as a vest, but I love it even more as designed!  So glad I couldn't stand the waste of yarn.  My Beloved laughed and shook his head saying, "Oh, my frugal bride."  I'm not sure I could consider my yarn addiction frugal.  Ha! But, I'm not a waster of the yarn goodness.  ;)

(Knitaddict, I added what I could about the underarm decreases on my Ravelry page here.)

I was so sad when our LYS closed it's doors (for a second time).  But, I have to say, I've become quite fond of receiving these beautiful packages in the mail!  It's like Christmas every. single. time!

I'm excited and nervous... I'm seriously considering swatching after my last experience with the Flat Rib Popover Vest.  Considering.

Hoping I can resist the urge to just take off without the SWATCH!  Ha!

blessings ~ tanna
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