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I live on a farm ... — free knitting patterns

And I've got ... cozy toes

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My daughter gave me two skeins of incredibly soft chunky baby alpaca yarn at Christmas so I could make myself some warm, cozy house socks. I designed a simple pattern for the socks, and just finished the second one this morning. Now, I've got Cozy Toes! The leg of the socks is 11" long, and yet I still had a small handful of yarn left over from each skein. These socks are easy to knit up very quickly, even for a beginning sock knitter. I believe if you had a weekend to yourself (starting when you get home Friday after...

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Something to talk about

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At times I have wondered what (if anything) I may share with my readers about what happened last year on Valentine's Day. For those of you who have followed my blog, you would know last Valentine's Day was the first for my husband and I. We weren't even "dating" the Valentine's Day before that, and yet found ourselves married by the first time we had a Valentine's Day to share. We first met online at the end of January in 2006; we were just getting to know each other other via emails and had shared one phone call by February...

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A personal pilgrimage

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Not long ago, one morning, I found myself standing in our kitchen looking out at our snow covered lawn across the street to our frozen river, it too covered with a gathering snow. I stood there in contemplation for a little while, considering my life as it is today and of course, the words came to me again, "I live on a farm." Those words, that thought, may seem of little significance to others. For me, they represent a something quite large and of great significance for which I will continue to feel and express gratitude ... over, and over,...

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Preparation for snowmen

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A week or two ago my mother passed along an email to me featuring a photo of some "snowballs" that strewn all across a snow covered field. I think the caption was something along the lines of the snow balls having been made by God. You could see tracks in the snow, where the balls of snow had rolled along and grown in size with the wind pushing them along. I had never heard of or seen spontaneous snow balls like that before. This week it has been quite cold here, with a couple of all-day snow showers. One morning...

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Starting the New Year right

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The beginning to the new year has been a bit mixed ... but the entire year is bound to be mixed no matter whether the overall picture after the fact turns out to be success and joy or struggle and disappointment, there will be a mixture of everything if this year is anything like other years in my life. I hope it is like other years, because all of the years of the river of my life have carried along in their currents a mixture of experiences which all together form the status of my life at this time and...

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