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visiting Grandma & cobble gets ripped back a way…

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to the Earth Children series, I’m on The Mammoth Hunters. I’ve read and listened to these in the past, but I am enjoying them again.

I was visiting my Grandma Crain this last weekend, and thought I would show you that I came by my love of fiber crafts naturally. Here’s a picture of my 99 year old Grandma as she sorts through some little balls of yarn, deciding which ones she wants to use together for some granny squares.

She put the balls she had sorted for each square into little (re-used and re-used) ziplock bags. She pulled together yarn for  five or six squares that she will work on next. She is finishing the last strip of squares for a small baby afghan.

As long as I can remember, if Grandma was sitting down, she was working on something ~ embroidery, crocheting, or quilting. I’m thankful for the heritage and skills that have been passed down to me.


I had had taken along a couple WIPs that have been hibernating for a while. I guess that it is kinda good that I have all my stash packed for moving and it’s easier to get to my WIPs, I’ve actually gotten one WIP finished.

I pulled out Cobble to work on and as I was reading back through the pattern to find my place, I realized I had made a mistake. Cobble is a triangular shawl and the cable crosses should mirror each other on each side of the back center. Well, I was doing the cross the same way on both sides.

All the crossed stitches on the left side should be reversed. I showed it to my Grandma, she said no one would notice – but I would and it would always bother me. So it got ripped back to the first cross.

And now I’m starting from there again…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

Check out some others at the ~  Yarn Along & WIP Wednesday with tami’s amis


a visit to Grandma’s house

A couple weekends ago, I went to visit my Grandma Crain. She is 99 years old and needs someone around 24/7. An aunt and uncle stay with her, but some other family members having been visiting on the weekends to give them a break.  So this post will be a little this and that from my visit.

~ she lives on Candy Cane Lane ~ as a child I loved the name of this street

~ here’s just a sampling of some of the flowers in her gardens

~ I love her oak leaf hydrangea, my uncle helped my dig up some little ones to bring them home.

~ here’s a picture of the front of her house

~ a poem framed and hanging on the living room wall, written by my brother when he was a teenager

~ a small cross-stitch piece I made for Grandpa & Grandma when I was a teenager

~ a couple pieces that Grandpa & Grandma used to make, all from berries and pods and pine cones, etc

~ blue bottles in the laundry room window ~ i love blue bottles…

~ Grandma’s potting shed

~ and the little frog that visited while I potted some plants

~ it’s almost hidden in the greenry, but this is a picture of an olive tree my Grandma transplanted back in the early 80’s from my great-grandmother’s home. She has kept it in the same pot, so now it’s bonsai. I asked her if I could have it when she’s tired of messing with it. And she said yes!

~ I wandered her gardens and created a flower arrangement for her, it’s really fun to be able to have the variety to pick from.

~ The vegetable garden, I think my uncle is working it this year, Grandma’s not able to get around much anymore.

~ Thanks for visiting my Grandma’s house with me…

a walk in the woods

This weekend, my sister and I went to visit our Grandma. It was a good visit, a time of sharing what is going on in each other’s life. Grandma is preparing to move, and is ready to pass on some of our inheritance, so we got to pick out some treasures. We helped Grandma with some computer stuff, and had some yummy soup she made. I particularly enjoyed watching the birds at the feeder out on the deck railing. We also went for a walk, down around the pond, and to the area where my Grandpa is buried. It was a beautiful walk through the woods, with the sound of the creek running this time of year. Matilda the dachshund, and Mr Carter the cat walked with us. On the way back, we saw an area that was just filled with clusters of lady bugs, it was amazing to see. I’m very glad we took the time to go visit.

sharing with Mosaic Monday, miscellany monday, On, In and Around Mondays

5 minute friday ~ Tender

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write. 
For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight,
For joy and celebration at the art of communication.
For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited.
We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Today’s word ~ TENDER


When I think of the word tender, the picture that comes to mind, is my Grandma take care of my Grandpa as he deteriorated due to Alzheimer’s. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 10 years before he passed away. I can remember many times when she would tenderly remind him, that she was his wife and that she loved him. She took care of him until she just physically couldn’t any longer. Even after he was moved into a care facility, she was there visiting and caring for him almost daily. The song “Through the Years” as sung by Kenny Rogers was their song and even though the word “tender” isn’t in the lyrics – this song describes a tender, lasting love.


My Grandpa & Grandma #1

I can’t remember when you weren’t there
When I didn’t care for anyone but you
I swear we’ve been through everything there is
Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed
Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do

Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You turned my life around, the sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you … Through the years
I’ve never been afraid, I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed, right here with you
Through the years

I can’t remember what I used to do
Who I trusted, who I listened to before
I swear you taught me everything I know
Can’t imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more

Through the years, through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had, I’ve always been so glad
To be with you … Through the years
It’s better every day, you’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay, I’ll stay with you
Through the years

Through the years, when everything went wrong
Together we were strong, I know that I belong
Right here with you … Through the years
I never had a doubt, we’d always work things out
I’ve learned what love’s about, by loving you
Through the years

Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around, the sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you … Through the years
It’s better every day, you’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay, I’ll stay with you
Through the years!


on my mind – grandma crain

Grandma Crain is especially on my mind because we are gathering tomorrow to celebrate her 99th birthday.  Grandma stills lives in her own home (one of her daughters lives on the property and helps her).
She still gardens, does flower arrangements for church and is faithful to send out birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards to her whole family and probably friends. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than 100 on her list. And she doesn’t just sign her name, the inside cover of the card is full of a letter she wrote telling you about what she has been doing lately.

Grandma has always been busy with her hands doing some kind of craft or another. For years she made tray favors every month for a convalescent home in the area. She always has entries in the county fair – sometimes over 100 entries across different categories. She has made blankets, pillows, aprons, vests, wall hangings, etc from the 100’s of ribbons she has won. She has written articles and been written about many times in the local newspaper.

Last year at Thanksgiving, she brought a couple boxes of items (nick-nacks and such) and told us we could take home some of our inheritance early.

The best part of our inheritance is the heritage we have of her love for God and her family.

Grandma Crain is an amazing woman. 

photos courtesy of Leslie