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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


There is something up in the "It's Never Too Late To Learn Something New" Department:

I am learning to do this:

So that eventually, I can make this:

I have been a happy hooker (ahem...crocheter) for many years, but never attempted to make anything other than hats, scarves, felted mittens, blankets and a couple of cowls.  Then I met my friend Deirdre.  She is an accomplished knitter and makes it look so effortless as she dashes off sweaters, scarves, shawls and hats.  I really wanted to learn to knit, after seeing her creations.  So she offered to teach me. At first, I was all thumbs, slowly bringing the yarn around and trying, as she instructed, to make the needles do the work.

Finally, I got the hang of knitting (not purling - that will be the next lesson)!

So, she says, once I can knit and purl, I can make this sweater.  It is simply a question of knitting all the pieces and putting them together, she says.  I can do it, she says.  I hope so, because I have a whole box of blackberry colored yarn (gorgeous yarn from Knit Picks, by the way) and since Deirdre has such faith in me, I must have faith in myself.  I can't wait to get started on the sweater, but first, I must become a proficient knitter and purler.  

It is never too late to learn something new!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Incommunicado No More, A Couple of Selfies and Our Sitka Trip

I have been out of touch lately because my Mac charger died on me, so my laptop was also DOA.

However, I borrowed my son's charger and it is nice to be able to read blogs and Facebook on a big screen instead of squinting at my iPhone!

I had any number of photos to share, but because I was (or rather my computer was) out of commission, I was unable to post them.

So, this will be a photo heavy post!  Apologies to my Facebook friends who have already seen some of these pics!

I added a scarf to hide the chins!

If Frida could take a selfie, this is what it would look like!

The view from our back porch in Sitka

Crocuses blooming in Sitka before the snowstorm

Crows hanging out by the Russian Bishop's House

Twilight in Sitka

Mt. Edgecumbe (Sitka's Mount Fuji), taken from the grocery store parking lot!

A SitKat

The dome and spires of St. Michael Orthodox Cathedral

Charles and Ana prep for the iconography workshop (the reason we were in Sitka)

We were in Sitka for 10 days, the two weekends were devoted to an iconography workshop that Charles taught to 8 very dedicated students, and during the weekday evenings he taught some adult religious education at St. Gregory Catholic parish.  I had a chance to read, crochet, walk and have some quiet time.  We stayed in the apartment at the home of Fr. Michael Boyle and his wife Matushka Magdalena.  They have a lovely home and we were even able to join them to watch Downton Abbey (which I would have been sorry to miss).   We made some new friends, visited with some old ones, and really enjoyed our time together.

I really recommend Sitka for a destination - it has natural beauty and small town charm!