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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Here We Are Again

Yuriko/ April 22, 2021/ Life and Stuff

So, I’ve been missing for the past year.  What have I been doing?  Well…. nothing, really. I’ve been in isolation like the rest of the country and the world.  Or at least, that’s what I thought.  You wouldn’t think there was a pandemic happening if you stopped by the local Costco.  Everyone is out in force, buying plants, patio furniture,

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Wear A #$@%ing Mask!

Yuriko/ August 20, 2020/ Health, Life and Stuff

This is just an observation. COVID-19 is very contagious.  Extremely contagious.  Back in December, when it was first discovered in China, the United States had no real clue as to what was coming.  The world wasn’t prepared for what was on the horizon.  We thought the fires in Australia were going to be the hallmark of 2020.  Boy, were we

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New Adventures in the Midst of Crisis

Yuriko/ April 15, 2020/ Life and Stuff, writing

So…. I’ve moved! (Though, not to the snow-covered north) On a lark, my husband and I decided to fiddle with the idea of upgrading our house.  We’d only lived in our modest 3br/2/ba home for nearly three years, but it was quickly getting a little overcrowded once the in-laws moved in.  It was pretty tight with just the two of

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Invaders!

Yuriko/ December 5, 2019/ Life and Stuff

I have mice.   And they are not welcomed guests to the zoo. Recently, I had to go to a CERT meeting and grabbed my bag, which sits beside the doggos’ go bag, which is packed with 2 large ziplocs of their food for emergencies.  When I came home, I noticed little black presents on the bin lid and following it,

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