Knitting

Third Time’s a Charm: Dorothy Siemens’s Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting

This is a simply beautiful shawl.  I've knitted two of them so far.  The first was knit (on purpose) as a donation to a silent auction for my local community orchestra.  I'm happy to say it raised a large amount of money, although if you figure it out as "payment by the hour for the… Continue reading Third Time’s a Charm: Dorothy Siemens’s Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting

Family, Friendship, Knitting, Religion

Good Shabbos, Good Slippers: From Warm Hearts to Warm Feet

I returned home late Saturday night from a new and wonderful experience--spending the Jewish Sabbath with a delightful family and friends who, until now, I'd known only online.  My friends are shomer Shabbos, when means that they observe the Jewish commandments regarding the Sabbath, and they follow the rituals that govern it from nightfall on… Continue reading Good Shabbos, Good Slippers: From Warm Hearts to Warm Feet

Animals, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Happy Mole Day!

He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before—this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Happy Mole Day!

Animals, Farming, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

Building a Small Hay Feeder Using Premier’s Wire Panels

Several years ago, during my quest for the perfect hay feeder for my sheep and goats, I built two 8' long, 4' high, and 35" wide hay and grain feeders using Premier's wire panel feeder inserts.  I loved them.  They won the hay-feeder lottery!  Not only did they do double-duty as grain feeders, they were… Continue reading Building a Small Hay Feeder Using Premier’s Wire Panels

History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Swift and Sure

‘For,’ said he, ‘as flourishing a Condition as we may appear to be in to Foreigners, we labour under two mighty Evils: a violent Faction at home, and the Danger of an Invasion, by a most potent Enemy, from abroad. As to the first, you are to understand, that for about seventy Moons past there have been two struggling Parties… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Swift and Sure

Animals, Entertainment, Family, Feminism, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

My last post has me reminiscing about the books I loved as a kid.  And about Beatrix Potter, feminist icon.  (No, that's a bit of a stretch.  But boy, howdy what a girl!)  Here's a post I wrote on Ricochet on July 28, 2017: Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

Animals, Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Following upon the heels of Netflix’s much panned Anne of Green Gables: Sturm und Drang (Not the title of the film, but you get the idea), in which her mean adoptive father dies of a heart attack after beating Anne senseless, a creepy man with suggestions of molester or pedophile almost kidnaps her before she is… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Family, Friendship, Music, Plain Speaking, Rural Living

“Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stone”

https://youtu.be/OKxTxEKvlmo "Little Dickie Feller," as my mother's favorite Pittsburgh disc jockey of the early 1970s used to call him.  (No, it wasn't KQV's Jim Quinn.  Or even Quinn's replacement, when Quinn moved to the bigger market of Buffalo NY in 1972 or 73 and was replaced by a young feller (see what I did there)… Continue reading “Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stone”