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For the Birds

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This week’s Writing Challenge: Snapshots.

At a concert. Snap. At a restaurant. Snap. Watching the sun set. Snap. These days, everything feels like a Kodak moment. What happens when you stop taking pictures, and use words to capture a moment instead?

I love birds. I have no desire to have one as a pet, I don’t own binoculars, and I could probably only identify a cardinal..yet I love them. I love seeing birds sit on a wire unfazed as a fire truck with screeching sirens passes beneath them. I love how they splash in puddles without a care in the world, on some of the most dangerous streets. I love when they fly over in a perfect V and I especially love the bird at the end of the pack who just can’t seem to fly as perfectly as his buddies.

My love for birds cannot be contained in a photograph. If you searched the internet, you could find some beautiful photos of birds. Some absolutely stunning photos. But you couldn’t capture how I feel when I’m sitting at a red light, anxious about the day before me, and I look up to see a bird sitting on the telephone wire, completely relaxed. You can’t capture how my heart feels just a bit warmer when I see birds flying in a V formation overhead.


Psalm 49:16

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Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases, for he will take nothing with him when he dies.

Started my day with this verse. A very timely reminder, especially everything around me seems to focus on money and things. My house may not be huge in size or filled with extravagant things but it is overflowing with laughter, prayer, music, and love. It’s easy to lose track of what really matters.

Daily Prompts Family

My Precious

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Today’s Daily Prompt: Precious

Who is the person in your life who can do no wrong? Describe this person and tell us why you hold them in such high esteem.

For this prompt, I have to go with my son. Although he has, and still will, do plenty of wrong, as most pre-teen boys do, he will always remain precious to me. In my eyes, his “wrongs” are never really as bad as they actually are.

Why is he so precious to me?
– He has a true sense of self. He knows who he is and never falters.
– He wakes up every morning with a smile and has done so since the day he was born.
– He cares deeply for everyone and everything. He worries about stray cats left out in the winter as much as he worries about someone being mean to his sister at school.
– He’s funny. He knows how to make me (and plenty of others) laugh out loud when you least expect it.

He may walk a few steps behind me in public, but I know he loves me and I love him, my precious boy. And that’s really all that matters.



Great Stitch Counter App

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When knitting 2 identical pieces of work (such as the pillows I’m knitting for my daughter), I prefer to complete the same number of rows for each, instead of just measuring. Usually I have a scrap piece of paper and I jot down each row I complete. Not the best method considering I often have a lot of projects going at once which means a lot of little papers as well.

Today I found this great app for my iPhone and it’s completely free!

You literally just tap the area you’re updating, such as when you start a new row. And it checks with you before it resets your count, in case you hit it accidentally.


Let me know if you use a similar app or if you’ve given this one a try!


Breakfast Casserole (Maybe the best one ever)

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I love breakfast food and a good breakfast casserole is key. This recipe is easy and my family loves it (my husband will actually eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!).


– 32oz bag of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
– 3 cups shredded cheese of your choosing- I usually use Cheddar and Monterey Jack
– 1 pkg (about 10oz) of pre-cooked sausage- diced
– ½ cup of sliced green onions
– 8 large eggs
– 24oz (two 12oz cans) evaporated milk
– Salt & pepper (here in Baltimore, we put Old Bay on everything! You can use whatever spices you would like to add flavor to this dish.)


– Pre-heat oven to 350
– Cook hash brown potatoes on stove, according to package. You can put these into the dish frozen, but they definitely taste a bit better if you crisp them up first
– Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
– Arrange potatoes evenly in the bottom of the dish
– Cover with cheese, sausage, and green onions
– In a medium bowl- whisk the eggs, evaporated milk, salt, and pepper
– Pour the egg mixture into the dish, over the top of the potato mixture
– Bake, uncovered, for 45-55 minutes, until the eggs look set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
– Keep leftovers covered up in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute. Makes about 12 servings.





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This is George.


Aside from being adorable, he’s also quite odd. He loves playing games:



He loves to hide but what he loves most of all is……aluminum foil. Yes, foil. They very thing that some cat sites advise you to put on your furniture to keep cats off of. He could care less if you offer a treat but the minute he hears the foil rip, he comes flying into the kitchen.

George doesn’t just bat around a foil ball, he actually plays fetch. Legitimate fetch:

What silly things does your cat do?


Mission Cowl: Complete!

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In the time it took me to watch Monsters University and the Ravens football game, I completed my cowl and I love it! And it kept me super warm yesterday, considering it was around 30 degrees all day.


As I wrote in my earlier post, I used size 13 needles and 2 strands of Merino Aran Wool held together (4 balls total). I also needed 4 buttons, as well as a needle and thread for sewing them on.

Here’s what you do:

  • cast on 17 stitches (you must cast on stitches in an odd number for the moss stitch)

Row 1: K1, P1 until the end of the row, ending with a knit stitch

Row 2: P1, K1 until the end of the row, ending with a purl stitch

Row 3: P1, K1 until the end of the row, ending with a purl stitch

Row 4: K1, P1 until the end of the row, ending with a knit stitch

  • then repeat rows 1-4 until you’ve reached the desired length (for me that was when I was almost done with 4 balls of yarn)
  • cast off
  • attach the buttons- I sewed decorative buttons going down one side and then one button on the reverse for function

**For placement and sewing of the buttons, take a look at this blog (where I got my inspiration to make the cowl from!).


I love my cowl so much (and got so many compliments on it), that I already started a second one last night. I’m using this soft and beautiful Cashmereno. Hoping to have it done this week!


Type 1 Diabetes

Obligatory Venting Post

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Yesterday at work, I was speaking to a parent on the phone. The parent mentioned that his child was pre-diabetic and then proceeded to say “I’m sure you don’t know much about that”…hmm. I immediately told him that I was actually quite familiar with diabetes as I have had Type 1 diabetes for 25 years. His response floored me:

“Wait. You actually work?” Yes.
“Full time?” Yes. “You went to college too?” Yes.
“So you have diabetes and a job?” Yes.
“Wow. That’s not normal. I guess there’s hope.” Uhh..


Brrr! It’s Cowl Time!

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With the weather in Baltimore getting chillier and chillier…especially when your office still runs the air conditioning every afternoon..it’s time to start wearing stuff that will keep you warm. For me, it’s finally giving in to wearing flats with ugly pantyhose looking things socks, trading my puffy vests in for coats (still working on this transition), and wearing a scarf every day. But, what if the scarf just isn’t warm enough? Enter, the cowl. I’ve been pinning plenty of scarf and cowl patterns over the past few months. I think I’ve finally found the one I’m going to make. Tonight.


Visit the awesome blog: everything else we do, to see the instructions and more photos.

Why do I love this pattern?

  • Two words- Straight. Needles. Circulars and I just don’t get along. We’re working on our relationship.
  • The buttons! Did you see the buttons? I love them.
  • And because, of course, it looks super cozy and warm.

Stay tuned to see how mine turns out!

The cowl is finally in progress! I’m using this really cool bluish/dark green Merino Aran wool that was passed along to me months ago.


Only about 20 minutes into this project and I’m already loving this color with the moss stitch

In case you’ve never done a moss stitch, it’s super easy. If you can knit and purl, you’re good to go. Here’s a quick guide: