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Quick Knit Infinity Scarf

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Here in Baltimore, it’s cold. I have quite a few an enormous collection of scarves and although most are pretty to wear, they don’t actually provide much warmth. I have a bunch of extra Homespun skeins laying around so I grabbed one and made this infinity scarf in just a few hours over the weekend.

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Here’s what you need:

– 1 skein of Lionbrand Homespun (or another comparable yarn of your choice)
– size 15 needles

Cast on 25 stitches. Work in the following pattern until the piece measures about 50 inches or so. Then sew the short ends together- ensuring that you’ve made one twist in the scarf before sewing.

Pattern- k1, p1, repeat from beginning, k last stitch

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Daily Prompts

Home. Soil. Rain.

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Today’s Daily Prompt: Free Association

Write down the first words that come to mind when we say… home… soil…rain. Use those words in the title of your post.

Home: comfort, safety, family, fun, kitten, kids, husband, relax, bed, space, myself, free
Soil: ground, flowers, growing, vegetables, wet, mud
Rain: sleep, nap, sound, relax, water, drip, cozy

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In a Crisis

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Today’s Daily Prompt: In a Crisis

Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?

Crisis occurs. I panic. Then I detach myself from it emotionally. Crisis is averted. I cry.

Make sense? To me, yes. Healthy? Doubtful.

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This is Your Life

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I’m playing catch up! The Daily Prompt for January 11: This is Your Life

If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

No! I can’t think of a worse idea. It’s not the end result, it’s how we get there. I know I will die and I know I will go to Heaven. I don’t need to know much more.

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32 Flavors

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I’m playing catch up! The Daily Prompt for January 10: 32 Flavors

Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

Mint chocolate chip. Preferably green in color from Baskin Robbins. Bonus- served as part of an ice cream cake from aforementioned store.

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Daily Prompts Type 1 Diabetes

Helpless

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I’m playing catch up! The Daily Prompt for January 7: Helpless

Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that- and what did you do about it?

I feel this way every day..I just wouldn’t call it helpless. As anyone who has had Type 1 Diabetes for quite some time (25 years for me) knows, you can do the exact same things 2 days in a row and have completely different blood sugars each day. Sometimes your blood sugar is low, no matter how many glucose tabs you eat, and how little insulin you take. I’m sure there’s an explanation- hormones, weather, who knows..but it happens. Every day, my little mechanical pancreas helps me hold the reins for the hopefully-not-so-bumpy day that lies ahead.

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My Favorite

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I’m playing catch up! The Daily Prompt for January 6: My Favorite

What’s the most time you’ve ever spent apart from your favorite person? Tell us about it.

My husband started a new job a few months ago and had to be away in Texas for training for 2 weeks. I initially thought it wouldn’t be so bad- the kids and I are used to him working so much, that we have a pretty good routine down. I thought the weekdays would be ok and that the weekends might be a bit bumpy, but we’d be fine.

We so weren’t fine. Beginning with the airport. I thought my daughter would be upset. She was..and so was I. That Sunday dragged on..it was horrible. Every time I went up to our bedroom, I saw his things and was ridiculously sad. Each day seemed to drag on forever and talking to him on the phone just made things so much worse.

Did we survive? Of course. I’d rather him never go anywhere again though 😉

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Quote Me

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I’m playing catch up! The Daily Prompt for January 4: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it and why does it move you?

God doesn’t give you what you can handle. He helps you handle what you’ve been given.

I have no idea where I read this quote or where it originated but I refer back to it over and over. It’s easy to feel that you’ve been given enough burdens- for me it’s my health. I thought being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 9 years old was enough..that was my one illness and I wouldn’t get another, lucky me, things could be much worse.

Then I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 2 years ago. And it didn’t come quietly- I couldn’t straighten my left arm, couldn’t walk without being in tremendous pain, couldn’t stay awake while getting my hair cut. I thought- why did God give me another disease? Why do I have to be so sick when it seems like everyone around me is healthy.

About a year after my diagnosis, my husband brought me back to church. I realized that my God wouldn’t want me to be in pain, He wouldn’t want suffering for any of his children. I realized that if I leaned into Him, rather than pulling away out of anger, that things would seem better, they would be better. And they are.

As for the icing on the cake (so far), I was diagnosed with asthma a few months ago. I was very ill beforehand, yet I never lost faith. I could feel God by my side, reminding me that even though things weren’t ok, they were ok.

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