Sunday, January 14, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

the pussyhat

Last year on the day after the presidential inauguration, millions of women marched on Washington DC and other cities across the nation and the world. Actively avoiding watching the news (I called it The Trump Show), I did not realize this movement was coming together for this great uprising of women. But apparently lots of folks did know about it, even crafters across the country who were busy making hats for the occasion. I saw the news on January 21st, wow, look at all those women! and WOW look at those cute pussycat hats! 

The Pussyhat Project  - these cozy little hats were part of a movement that began after the November election in anticipation of the Women's March. Started by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, the original idea was for marchers to knit, sew, or crochet hats to create a visual statement  - a " sea of pink" - at the protest in Washington, D.C.  The idea is both a play on pussyhat, pussycat, and also references the infamous hot mic from the Access Hollywood video, where President Trump said it was okay to grab women by the you-know-what. The idea is to use the word 'pussy' in a positive way. It's a pussyhat -- one word, one symbol of unity.

Having felt like I missed out on this historic occasion in 2017 and missed out on making one of those cute hats, I decided to make one this year. Researching the subject, I discovered there is another march this year on January 20-21, 2018. Check to see where a march is near you!

And don't forget to make your hat! There are several Pussyhat Patterns out there to try, I followed the one shown below, with only one change, I used Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn, and the only change I made to the instructions is Cast On 26 instead of 50. All other instructions are the same and very simple. I told the crafters in the family that I wanted a pussycat hat for Christmas, but they just laughed, though it was something dirty :)

So I am ready to stand up for women everywhere, not at a national march but in silent protest here in rural Kentucky! 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

back to the future

I have been blogging pretty regularly since 2005, but this past year the blog is pretty sparse. With all the other social outlets like Facebook and Instagram, blogging gets pushed to the back burner.

But it is a new year so time to do better.

My blog has transitioned over the years to document our travels, the places we go, the things we see, the people we meet along the way. So I think it is important to keep this journal as complete and up to date as possible, especially since our memories are fading fast! So I am going to go back into 2017 and add blog posts to fill in some gaps.

A lot happened in 2017, some travel, some patchwork, some reflections, some momentous occasions, but it all went by so fast! How to remember it all?

Using my photo albums, the posts and pictures of my family on social media, and my calendar, I will attempt to recreate the missing parts of 2017. So if anyone is 'following' this blog via email or other, know that random posts will be happening, don't worry, it is not your computer or smart phone, just me traveling back through time.

After playing catch-up with 2017, I will head back to the future and start on 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

baby its cold outside

Well we came back to Kentucky after Christmas to COLD weather. We thought maybe it was just a cold snap, will warm up soon. But apparently not...

So time to winterize the camper. In addition to the usual things like insulation and heat-tape on the water line (which we did in the fall), it is time to go BIG and underpin the camper with insulation board. We have only done this one time before, in Rapid City, South Dakota. We have been in warmer climates since then and were thinking Kentucky would not be this cold. 

Inside we have the gas furnace, 3 space heaters, 2 electric blankets (1 for bed, 1 for couch), and are wearing double layers of everything, so it is TIME for the underpinning. Hopefully it will help a lot. Next step is to cover the windows with insulation. I usually bail before it gets this cold, head home to GA, but I will stick it out here for now, but not sure how I will like the windows being covered up, eek! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

if snow falls in the forest...

If snow falls in the forest and no one is there to see it, does it make a sound? Is it still cold?

Lucky for us, neighbor/niece Heidi came by and snapped this shot for us while we were gone.

We were in Dollywood enjoying the small dusting of snow when the big accumulation was down south in Georgia!