For those that do not know, our mother Mitzi (the owner of this blog) passed away on August 16th.

Mom was so much more than a mother and grandmother; she was a Kool-Aid house mom, den mother, crafter, activist, and so much more. She loved each kid that came into her life as she did her own. She showed the same love and compassion to her adopted kids as she did her own.

Mom taught us about kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness, and generosity. She taught us right from wrong and how to accept and love unconditionally.

Our mom touched so many lives in so many ways, and each of you were important to her in your own way. She will be missed.

Love your sons and daughter,

Ian, Corey and Amy

For the Children

Instead of sending toys, blankets, etc, it’s been suggested:

For those who can donate money online to them here:

The church will purchase gift cards so the parents can get what the kids really need: diapers, undies, clothes, blankets, etc.  Anything the kids had with them when they came across the border were taken and thrown into the trash.




Today Wendy’s book is published in United States and Canada…….

This book is NOT written by me, but by Wendy Mitchell.  Her blog can be found at  I was diagnosed with mild dementia a little over a year ago and have begun a journey similar to Wendy’s.  I first “met” Wendy on Twitter, discovered her WordPress blog about 6 months ago and have been following since then.  I apologize if it seemed like this was my book.  The written word isn’t always as clear as I think it is, which is why I’m amending this post.

This book offers a unique opportunity both for those diagnosed with Dementia and their families. It’s such a good book, and one I strongly suspect will sit on my nightstand for a long time to come.

Which me am I today?

Who would have thought, 4 years ago, when diagnosed with dementia, that those words would have been typed from my fingertips….?

It’s amazing what opportunities can come your way even after the most darkest moment.

It’s a land so vast that the ripple effect may not happen as it happened here in our tiny country, Penguin random house has given me that opportunity to find out. Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice kindly reviewed my book there….

The cover maybe different, but the words inside are still the same apart from a handful of word changes for the good people who choose to read it will understand what I’m talking about…

The audiobook is my voice – another wonderful opportunity that came my way and for those over the Atlantic can be found here:

The name of stores selling my book, totally unfamiliar to me but apparently very well known…

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March for our Lives

I’ve joined “Mom’s Demand Action,”  to work to keep our kids and grands safe from guns.  There are any number of events coming up all across the nation, but the biggest one is on March 24, a “March for Our Lives” where a number of kids, parents and other supporters from Florida will be marching in Washington, DC.  If you Google “Mom’s Demand Action” you’ll find loads of information for your area and for the fingerless gloves they hope to be wearing.  I found a couple of free patterns on Ravelry, but since I don’t have permission, pattern pictures aren’t allowed.  Here are the links to those however:

I don’t usually put anything like this on my blog, but it’s so important to me I thought I’d share the links for y’all.

From the website I found:

We’ve had enough. Thoughts and prayers are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence. What we need now is action.

On March 24, 2018, students will rally in Washington D.C and in local communities across the country to demand action from our leaders. Join us in the March For Our Lives, as we fight for an America that is free from gun violence.

Join us on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol to be part of this movement.

 Evil Eye Fingerless gloves

Prayer Shawls

I received a copy of this notice in my email the other day. Nine-five percent of the Prayer Shawls I make go to this organization. I’ve been involved for about 8 years, and while the number of shawls that I’ve made are small, it still makes me feel incredibly proud to be a member of this group. Our prayer shawls mainly go to Dover Air Force Base, given out to family members who are at Dover to meet their service member who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. I began to make the shawls after my Daddy passed. I felt so lost I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself. Since Daddy was a retired Navy chief I made the shawls in his honor. Fortunately, after a few years, not nearly as many shawls were needed, so I began reaching out to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with my crochet. While I might be retired I need to be useful, and this my way. So I thank for the opportunities they gave me to be useful again.

8000 Prayer Shawl

Everything’s coming up cozies!!

I had some squares left over from making street lightpole cozioes for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival last month.  I donated the squares “to the cause” in case they were needed, and last week I received a picture of a third cozy someone made in my name using those squares.  I can’t begin to take full credit – I’m just glad they were of use to the group.  I’m posting a picture of the cozy on this page since I did have a hand in it’s creation.  I considered editing the first page to add the picture but couldn’t remember how to do it.

Cozy 3

I’m working on several large projects so there probably won’t be too many craft pictures for a while.  I needed a project or two to get me through the long winter days and nights, so I’m posting a peek at one of them now.

This “peek” is my progress in Helen Shrimpton’s Rosslyn pattern and can be found on Ravelry or on her website.  It’s the most wonderful pattern, rows 1 through 29 here.  I’m just loving it.

Rosslyn Row 28


A brazen Vigilante

For the past several weeks I’ve been involved in a program with the Saint Paul Cozy community of artists.  Quoting from our Facebook Group page:

Saint Paul Cozy is a community-sourced, yarn-bombing project that aims to bring color and cheer to Downtown St. Paul. The project involves wrapping 158 city lampposts in hand-made cozies. The cozies will be installed along 4th Street from Rice Park to CHS prior to the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

The project is led by the Rage to Order Artists Initiative of Lowertown, with support from the the St. Paul Saints Art Program.


Exhibit Dates: Jan 25 – March 4, 2018
Scope: 12 city blocks, 158 Lampposts
Location: Downtown St. Paul on 4th Street from CHS Field to Rice Park.


This is a picture of one of my cozy panels I made, as it  hangs on it’s light pole. lol  The twitter link is from a Saint Paul Pioneer Press article and tweet.  I haven’t done anything this fun in a long time and wanted to share.

I also made a second cozy, comprized of 6″ granny squares I had laying around.  I was surprised it took me a day and a half to put  them together, but again, was a lot of fun. lol


The free pattern for the ice castle can be found on Ravelry.  It’s called “Sandcastle Kawaii Cuddler.”  She has some wonderful patterns so I’m sure this won’t be the last pattern of hers that I make.