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From the Illustrated Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Daily Prompt: Bookworms
Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.


  1. 1.
    suppose to be the case, without proof.
    “you’re afraid of what people are going to assume about me”
    synonyms: presumesuppose, take it (as given), take for granted, take as read,conjecturesurmiseconcludededuceinferreckonreasonthink,fancybelieveunderstandgatherfigure More

  2. 2.
    take or begin to have (power or responsibility).
    “he assumed full responsibility for all organizational work”
    synonyms: acceptshoulderbearundertake, take on/up, managehandle, deal with More

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    I assume that the sun is going to rise at the predicted time and will set again as anticipated.  I assume that my coffee will not make itself so I must get out of bed.  I assume life will keep on going until it ends and I will keep on reading until the world runs out of books.



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Craft Krazy


I really hate to be a follower.  I go way out of my way to avoid anything that is “in”.  I’ve always loved butterflies but when I was in high school and the springy butterfly hair barrettes were “in” I refused to wear them, although in part because of the springiness.  Anything springy on the head is dumb unless you are 3, and then it is cute.

Anyway,  I’ve tried to avoid the Martha Stewart line of craft things because….. because I want to be unique and I know everyone and their mother is buying it!  But I was coveting the Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Loom Kit.  I really wanted to try weaving with it.  I’ve seen several free patterns on and I have been dying to try them out.  The only problem was the thing was almost $50 and I am frugal.  That is another thing going against this whole thing.  Martha Stewart anything will not be cheap.  I watched for sales but was never happy.  Finally, I saw it a few weeks ago on sale at walmart for $35.  That is the best price I’d seen (Alaska prices of course) but I still held out, after all, I already know how to knit.  I just want it to try weaving.

Well…. on Sunday after having a lovely anniversary dinner with my husband we decided to stop by the store for a few things before heading home.  It was a very quick stop but my husband left the lights on and the car was dead.  So Happy Anniversary Honey, you get to walk home…..  poor guy.  It was slightly raining too.  I offered to walk with him but he was worried I’d be in pain afterwards and I probably would be.  So I went back in the store to browse while he walked home to get his truck.

They had a bunch of summer clothes and other out-of-season things on clearance and they were having a 60% off clearance sale for Labor Day.  I didn’t want to buy anything I wouldn’t be able to use so I just walked through each department killing time.  I just happened to walk through this section of yarn (which I definitely don’t need any of!) and scrapbooking goodies and then I saw this hacked opened Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Loom.  It was marked $31.97 on clearance and I saw this huge sign that said 60% off clearance!  I looked down and there were pegs from the kit on the floor under my feet.  I really didn’t want to pay for something that was damaged no matter how cheap it was.  Then I bent down to pick up the pegs to prevent someone’s demise and saw more undamaged kits on the bottom shelf.  Holy cow!  I grabbed one up and made sure it was in perfect condition and then had to hold myself back to keep from running to the register.  It cost me a whopping $12!!!!

So now I’m a Martha Stewart fan big time.  I’ve spent hours plugging pegs into frame pieces and watching videos online of how to use it . I’m a very happy camper and of course a new loyal MS follower.

I have woven one side of a pillow and I just learned how to double knit with the loom.  It is surprisingly easy and meditative.  I mean, I KNOW how to knit but I actually enjoy this.  My dog randomly jumped up in my lap, like she does on occasion, and even after she was sitting on the loom and knocked in on the floor and then drug it around to get it nice and tangled up….. even after that I was able to just pick it back up and it was fine.  If I had been knitting on needles it would have been all unraveled.  That is pretty darn cool.

Here are some video’s I’ve watched on how to use this cool new contraption.  This is a list of videos so when the first one ends just wait and it will go on to the next quick video.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea


Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The sea makes me think of shades of blue and sand full of beautiful shells. It makes me want to never leave.

This post is part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  To see the other submissions click here 

This is the day that the Lord hath made….


 “We will rejoice and be glad in it…..”

At least I am.  I have been feeling better so I’ve had this song in my head all day.

I have not been feeling well for quite a while.  I’ve had 5 migraines this month so I am really glad to be pain free at the moment.  I went to the doctor today with my list ready.  I even put my name at the top so she can put it in my file or on her refrigerator LOL  I didn’t want to forget anything and wanted to make sure she understood this was a list of “concerns” and not just a bunch of brush-under-the-rug stuff.  I wanted her attention and I got it.   Doctor’s do love it when you come prepared and I was this time.  We are going to try some new medication and all in all I just feel better getting all my worries out.  I also took her a handmade washcloth with a cute little tag.  She loved it and that put her in a good mood.  I have been feeling so frustrated lately and feeling like I’m not being listened too.  I think it is just that no one knows what to do or how to help me.  It must be frustrating for both she and I.  Anyway, I think this new approach helped and we both left smiling.  Smiles make people feel better when nothing else can.

I went from there to pick up my son Riley from High School.  He usually takes the bus but today we had a date to get our teeth cleaned and then another one to get them dirty again.  I like to schedule our dentist appointments at the same time because while they are cleaning my teeth I can listen to the dentist talking to him as well.  Riley has SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder.  He is one of those people who can’t stand the seam on the inside of his socks so he wears them inside-out.  He is very sensitive to light and gets headaches.  He doesn’t like normal food.  His diet is pretty much meat and cheese….. and not just any meat or cheese.  It has to be certain stuff.  No slices of kraft American cheese….. he wants the real stuff.  And no spam LOL  He is extremely ticklish so has a very difficult time getting a haircut.  He has actually been seeing the same lady since he was 3 years old because she is magic.  Oh, and Riley has super sonic hearing and gets distracted in school because the clock ticks to loud.  The doctor that checked his hearing said he believes he really can.  So all of this makes one very fussy and challenging for a dental hygienist LOL   He may be 16 but I keep him close to me.

I also like to keep close in general and be “in the know” on Riley so we often have lunch or ice cream dates.  After we got out of the dentist, and Riley watching the time to know when he could eat or drink, we went to Bruegger’s Bagels.  Riley loves that place.  This is when Riley starts to tell me about the teacher he doesn’t like and how everyone is “dumb” or “stupid”….how girls make “walls” and block the whole hall.  He also talked about a family friend that is one of his teachers this year and how he thinks that is cool.  He hopes to get him in another class next year.

As we were leaving there was a man asking for change.  He said “Please……please” and the sadness in his voice really cut right to my heart.  I dug into my purse and gave him a hand full of change.  He said “Oh thank you, thank you so much!”  When I got in the car Riley said he was surprised I gave him any money.  He wondered why I gave that man money when I usually never do.  For one thing it was the sad, pleading voice but he was also not drunk.  He didn’t smell like alcohol, wasn’t slurring or stumbling.  He was standing in front of a place that sells food.  If I had more time I would have gone in and bought him something to eat but my husband was waiting for me.  I did give him enough in quarters that he could get a sandwich at that place so I do hope he used it for that.  Riley usually sees me drive by the people with signs near the grocery store and I never give them money because I’ve seen them before.  They are usually stumbling drunk and when I’ve offered them food instead I got cursed at.  Money is not what they need.  Riley said that while he was sitting in the car waiting for me a lady came out of the hair salon.  That man asked her for change and she yelled “get away from me” several times and ran off.  Riley said he was glad that I helped him and wasn’t like that lady.  He said he wished he could help him more but wasn’t sure how.  He is such a deep thinker and kind-hearted soul.  I’m proud of him….. even if the dentist isn’t.

Weekly Photo Challenge: (foreshadow)


Weekly Photo Challenge: (foreshadow)

This is the new gate for the Clay Street Cemetery which is one of the earliest graveyards in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow