One More Shot


There’s been a nip of fall in the air (not today, but other days recently) so I broke out the Annabel cardigan again. I started last winter and I’ve been working on it off and on but lately it’s been more off than on.  The cool weather inspired me to give it “one more shot” to try and finish it up.  I’m almost ready to cast off the bottom and then it’s just the sleeves. (My theory is if I use “just” it won’t be quite so monumental.)

A few weeks ago a blog post by Crystal Richard about Grand Manan kept showing up in my Facebook newsfeed; it’s always fun to see how others “see” us, especially when it’s a positive experience.  She also had a section of book recommendations.  I figured since she had such great taste in vacation locations, I figured I’d give one of the books a shot too. 🙂 “One More Shot” was a good, easy-reading romance. While at times the tension seemed a bit contrived, it still kept me hooked.  Definitely a good read.

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Look for the Helpers

Every year I try to watch some coverage or retrospective of the events of September 11. It’s impossible to not remember the sadness, confusion, horror and fear from that day. I’ve been watching the replay of the “Today Show” from that morning. I was at work that day had only watched “hi lights” on the news.  It is surreal and horrifying to watch in real time as the time on the bottom of the screen inches forward and know what is coming.


In Canada the events spawned a different news story: that of dozens of passenger jets that were diverted from their destinations in the US to airports in our country after US airspace was closed. The goal was to safely land the planes as quickly as possible so while many went to larger airports, many others went to smaller communities that would rarely see a large passenger jet, let alone many all at once. Places like Moncton and Halifax saw their tarmacs crowded with planes, but most notable was Gander, Newfoundland. 38 planes landed in Gander that day with around 6,500 people on board; the population of Gander is 10,000. What happened in Gander from September 11-16 was chronicled in the book “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland”


I’ve just reread the book in the last couple of days. The stories of people from the area doing their best to look after the people who unexpectedly ended stranded in their community make me teary each time I read them. People stepping in to do whatever they could to try and make a tragic situation as good as it could be. Coming from a small, relatively isolated place, I can understand and have seen how people will pull together to do what needs to be done. From opening their homes to strangers for showers to donating food and supplies people came forward to do what they could. The response from the stranded passengers was also memorable: from donations to the organizations that provided shelter to scholarships established local students. The collections of stories are a bit of hope from a dark day.



“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
― Fred Rogers


“Friction” and Shark Socks


I finished the latest (at least I think it is) Sandra Brown book “Friction” over the long weekend.  It was a good read (a little romance, a little mystery) with enough twists to keep my interest.  I generally enjoy her books and this was no exception.

My shark socks are continuing along but are at least looking a bit more like sharks.  It’s a bit hard to tell in the photo but they seem to be coming together.  Slightly larger needles (2.75 mm) than I normally knit socks with are making them go quicker than usual. I expect they will mostly be worn as slippers without the heavy daily wear of socks so I’m not as concerned with the looser fabric. I generally like my socks knit with a consistency just short of kevlar. 🙂

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Looking for a “Silver Lining”


Maybe it’s that the mornings and evenings are starting to be cooler and I’m not ready for summer to be over.  Maybe it’s chasing a three month old puppy is harder at 40-something than it was at 30-something.  Maybe it’s just Wednesday.

Whatever “it” is, I’m feeling “meh” about my knitting and reading this week.  I just finished “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber.  I normally love her books but I felt this one was just ok.  (I also have a theory that you like different authors depending on your mood, and maybe my mood just wasn’t right).  I’m working on a pair of shark socks. They’re going ok (I think they’ll make more sense once I join the two pieces.)  The pattern is good, I’m just not quite feeling it.

I’m wondering if anyone else is in a “meh” phase?

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