I am so excited that I finally figured out how to do a knit stitch that I got three different yarns to work. Still just practicing on scarves. And, did I start the hot pink, orange, fuchsia and lime one? No, I started the hot pink, orange, fuchsia and lime one and the grey heather one. The multi colored one is 75% acrylic and 25% wool which is 100 G (Plymouth Encore Colorspun) and I am using a size 11 needle. I couldn't wait to see how this grey bulky yarn worked - much faster. It is 100% wool with a 2 1/2 stitches per inch gauge (Brown Sheep Company Burly Spun) and I am using a size 19 needle. I promise I won't start the other one until I finish these two . . . . .


Shadow Shot Sunday

My Sis told me about this . . . . . .

Shadow Shot Sunday

Hey Harriet, of Brisbane, Qld, Australia, says she has 'a real fascination' with light/shadow photography. So much she has set up the possibility for anyone to post a shadow and be a part of her Shadow Shot Sunday - check it out. (PS - It's already Sunday in Australia !)
Hey Harriet blogspot


Travel to Isle of Man

A view of Douglas Head accross Douglas Bay Isle of Man Travel to the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is located at the heart of the British Isles, putting it within easy reach of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. So whether you're touching down at Ronaldsway Airport or disembarking at the Sea Terminal in Douglas, welcome to the Isle of Man!

Acknowledgement: DOTL.

Travel Information

Whether you're in Scotland, down on the south coast of England or anywhere inbetween, you'll be able to travel to Mann without having to travel too far. Flights operate to the Island from many of the regional airports in the British Isles, or if you prefer to travel by boat then you can choose from two ports in the Northwest of England (or Ireland).

Isle Of Man - check it out

Manx Museum

Illiam Dhone’s cap

Illiam Dhone's cap

James Stanley, Earl of Derby, ruled as King of Mann from his seat at Castle Rushen. James was a follower of Charles I and like him, ruled in an ever more autocratic manner. William Christian (Illiam Dhone), commander of the island’s militia, grew concerned about the loss of traditional rights, and when the English Parliament sent a fleet to the island he seized his opportunity, and negotiated its surrender in exchange for guarantees of these rights. Upon the restoration of Stanley rule under Charles II, Christian, a hero to the Manx but a traitor to the Stanleys, was executed at Hango Hill, near Castletown. This finely embroidered night cap is believed to be his, and indeed it bears a strong resemblance to one worn in the only known portrait of Christian.

This cap is on display in the Manx Museum, Douglas.

Illiam Dhone - One of my Ancestors

Illiam Dhone ceremony takes place

Commemoration on Hango Hill
The service was held on the spot where Dhone was killed

A ceremony to mark the contribution made by Illiam Dhone to the political independence of the Isle of Man has taken place in Castletown.

January 2, 2009

Illiam Dhone - the Manx name for William Christian - surrendered the island to Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War in 1651.

He was later accused of treason and sentenced to death by firing squad on Hango Hill on 2 January 1663.

A service to commemorate his death was held on Hango Hill at 1400 GMT.

The ceremony included speeches made in Manx and English from the spot where Dhone was shot.

The service was followed by a get together at the Viking pub in Castletown.



The Story of William Christian/Illiam Dhone from:






Valentine's Day

We just happened to be in the city on Valentine's Day.

Leaving the hotel

Window shopping

My favorite part


Bad Girls

What's the deal?

When I was young we had snow in February. Not tornado warnings. This long narrow window faces the North - can you see the American flag thru the whiteness of the storm? This was about 3:30 pm one day last week. At the same time - a South facing window. See another 'rain on glass' photo at a site I like called Photography . There was the most beautiful blue after the storm - around 5:30


I Am On Fire !

I would have never thought I would have made this many posts to this blog so soon! Remember back in 1989 when Seinfeld was a mandatory thing in our lives. We were all hooked. And, just like this dern blog - it was about nothing. Thanks Larry! http://larrydavidfan.com/



Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. In yourself right now is all the place you've got. (Flannery O'Connor)


Whoooh . . . . . .

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 ! Well, she was just 17, You know what I mean, And the way she looked was way beyond compare. So how could I dance with another (ooh) When I saw her standin' there. Well she looked at me, and I, I could see That before too long I'd fall in love with her. She wouldn't dance with another (whooh) When I saw her standin' there. Well, my heart went "boom," When I crossed that room, And I held her hand in mine... Well, we danced through the night, And we held each other tight, And before too long I fell in love with her. Now, I'll never dance with another (whooh) When I saw her standing there Well, my heart went "boom," When I crossed that room, And I held her hand in mine... Oh, we danced through the night, And we held each other tight, And before too long I fell in love with her. Now I'll never dance with another (whooh) Since I saw her standing there. Whoa, since I saw her standing there. Yeah well, since I saw her s t a n d i n g there. I Saw Her Standing There - last night at the Grammys and I Saw Her Standing There (1965) I was just seventeen . . . . . .



A sister smiles when one tells one's stories - for she knows where the decoration has been added. ******* Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five. ******* If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and cannot catch your eye, she's wearing your best sweater. ****** I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones. ******* We may look old and wise to the outside world. But to each other, we are still in junior school. ******* You keep your past by having sisters. As you get older, they're the only ones who don't get bored if you talk about your memories. *******

Wanna Hear Sammy? : I Can't Drive 55

First Impressions

I know I am jumping the season gun here - but, I would love this look for the front entrance. I shot these at the entrance of a business in Savannah - used to be the the old JC Penney location. But, I get that west hot evening sun. Would I have to water them three times a day? I use the little poinsettia topiaries at Christmas. I don't have to water polyester.

Winter Sunset

The back of the house still looks very wintery . . . . .and pretty. It is really hard to see the sunset from our house. There are annoying things, like neighbors, that get in the way. On a very cold day, I leaned way out from the front porch to get this shot. Any slice I can get is appreciated.

Knit or Crochet?

My Mother has tried to teach me to sew for years. I'm trying it again. My granddaughter put the fringe on a scarf I crocheted for her doll. And, I knitted a matching scarf for her. I use these terms loosely . . . . I am pleased that you cannot look too closely.

Happy Meal ?

We took 1/3 of our grandchildren to lunch yesterday. At the light before we get to our restaurant and in one shot you see 5 fast food restaurants - I couldn't get the other 4 into the frame! We opted for the little Italian restaurant around the corner - hoping to have not quite as much cholesterol and trans fat as the neighbors. I don't know if we actually did accomplish that. We certainly could have gone for a little more green - but what you do not see is that we did have a big green salad before these main courses. Which are: Chicken Marsala with mushrooms and proscitto in Lombardo Marsala wine sauce http://www.marsalawine.com/ . And, Rigatoni Martino - rigatoni with grilled chicken with sauteed mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in a tomato cream sauce with ricotta and scallions. And, Spiedino Di Mare - grilled shrimp and scollops with italian breadbrumbs in lemon and butter sauce. And, the one you do not see was a Pepperoni Pizza - it was too blurry and I figure you can picture that one anyway. . . .
Only the pizza guy could handle dessert - not your Moma's Banana Pudding. I love and appreciate the new, much smaller sizes.


50 Years ago Today

Buddy Holly was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll.

Buddy Holly

Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll." His works and innovations were copied by his contemporaries and later musicians, notably The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time

Contrary to popular belief, teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney did not attend a Holly concert, although they watched his TV appearance on "Sunday Night at the London Palladium"; Tony Bramwell, a school friend of McCartney and George Harrison, did. Bramwell met Holly, and freely shared his records with them. Lennon and McCartney later cited Holly as a primary influence. (Their band's name, The Beatles, was chosen partly in homage to Holly's Crickets.) The Beatles did a cover version of "Words of Love" that was a close reproduction of Holly's version. Paul McCartney's band Wings recorded their version of Love is Strange on their first album Wild Life. McCartney owns the publishing rights to Holly's song catalogue.

A young Bob Dylan attended the January 1959 show, two nights before Holly's death. Dylan referred to this in his 1998 Grammy acceptance speech for his 1997 Time out of Mind winning Album of the Year:

And I just want to say that when I was sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him...and he LOOKED at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that he was — I don't know how or why — but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way.



I put every nickel I could get into a giant Wurlitzer at our local soda shop ( big as a refrigerator and looked like flames shooting thru the glass top) to hear C7 . . . Party Doll . Well, maybe it wasn't C7. But, anyway . . . . . ***************************************************************************************** Buddy Holly sings Rave On and John Lennon sings Rave On


Same view into the woods . . . . .

seems like yesterday