Is It Spring Yet?

Yuriko/ February 13, 2022/ Gardening, Hobby

I’ve been itching to plant outside.  Really itching. Unfortunately, in my area, the soil in my garden is nothing but clay.  And on top of that, the areas around the backyard lawn are nothing but river rocks.  The previous owners of the house thought it was a good idea.  They also thought that putting the garden-raised bed on the side

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A New Year … New Projects!

Yuriko/ January 4, 2022/ Embroidery, Hobby, Knitting

At the end of 2021, I embarked on a new project just to see if I could do it.  I saw a free pattern for a pretty light shawl/stole on the Knitpicks website and since I had returned my birthday present to myself back at Costco, I had some money to burn.  I decided to give it a try.  The

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Don’t Give Up

Yuriko/ December 13, 2021/ Knitting

This is probably my 6th attempt to create something this past weekend. I had a saxon cable shrug on the needles, but after a hiatus, whilst I completed the Pulmonaria Shawl for a friend, I had lost my place and I had also lost interest.    So it was frogged into two large balls of bulky yarn. I also had

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2021 in Retrospect

Yuriko/ December 9, 2021/ Health, Hobby, Knitting, Life and Stuff

The year is finally coming to a close.  This has been year 2 of the pandemic.  In the earlier part of the year, I was still contact tracing and enjoying it, though cases had died down significantly and I was able to return to my home department in July. In January, we had a horrible windstorm, which knocked part of

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Trying Out a New Hobby: Gardening

Yuriko/ May 11, 2021/ Gardening

I have a black thumb.  For the most part, anything I’ve ever tried to grow in a “garden” has always died, one way or another.  Either I water it too much, or forget about it and don’t water it at all. I had an opportunity last year to start a garden, I suppose, but I didn’t.  Some of the reasons

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Distractions: Knitting

Yuriko/ April 23, 2021/ Knitting

My current project is a pair of socks.  The pattern is from Knitpicks and the pattern name is Shorties Socks. My first attempt came out a little loose and not quite right.  Of course, I also made them one at a time, instead of two at a time.  And the bind off was too loose and flared. My second attempt

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #3

Yuriko/ April 30, 2019/ Hobby, writing

Well, I think this might as well be the first report again. After 36k words, I decided to redo the story from scratch. It was a hard decision but I think I like the direction it’s going right now. I’ve changed some of the attributes of the MC and the love interest. She’s older now and in college. So far,

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #1

Yuriko/ April 18, 2019/ Hobby, writing

I had started this project a few weeks ago. And though I promised that I would not let Marcia (my inner critic and editor) out of her cage, I fear she had learned to pick the locks. Damn!  I guess this is why I am still on chapter 8 and only at about 25k word count (nothing that it matters

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A is for Ascension

Yuriko/ April 1, 2019/ 2019, Blogging Challenge, Games, Hobby

All right, I thought I had this blog challenge beat!  I was ready a week and a half ago when I posted about it.  I had everything in my head… but then it all fell out of my head before I could write anything down.  Yes, sad face.  So, I’ve been scrambling for the last week at ideas that I

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Dice Hate Me

Yuriko/ March 15, 2019/ Games, Hobby

In a previous post, I spoke about how games have changed since your grandparents were your age.  I may be dating myself, here, but I remember growing up with Monopoly, Clue, and Battleship.  These are still popular games today, and yet, people don’t turn to them as the first choice of entertainment?  Why, I asked myself, would mainstream board games

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