Happy Thanksgiving!

To all who read this, I wish a very happy Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, all the people not reading this will have a nice Thanksgiving too, they just won’t know that I wanted them to.

So, enjoy your turkey!  Did you know we wouldn’t be having turkey every year at this time if Benjamin Franklin had gotten his way?  He wanted to have the turkey as our national bird, which would automatically put it out of the question for Thanksgiving dinner.  I kind of doubt that Eagle tastes very good…. Anyway, add it to your list of things to be thankful for- Benjamin Franklin didn’t get his way with regards to the national bird!

Let me know what you’re thankful for in the comments section below!  Or you can just list one thing, because if you are like me, the list is long….

I’ll wait for my next blog post *after* Thanksgiving to start pushing Christmas and all of it’s wonderfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Day and Night- My Dogs

Their names aren’t Day and Night, their personalities are.  Who would’ve thought that two dogs so different could be reside in our house?  They’ve been raised the same way and experience my family’s lifestyle together every day, and yet they are two completely different animals, other than sharing the common traits of having fur and a canine mindset.

Thea is a dark chocolate Labrador and if I had to pick another animal that she acts like, it’d be a goat.  As a puppy, she ate everything, just like goats.  Dish rags, baby socks, any food that fell on the floor, a corn cob (that’s a very long story), and various things outside (I’ll leave it to your imagination, but we live on a small farm, just so you know) all disappeared without warning.  Thea still has an appetite for tissues and paper towels, but thankfully she has lost it for all the other gross, and sometimes dangerous, things she tried to eat.  Our Lab is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met, as I’ve heard most Labradors are.  She gets so excited to meet everyone, she can hardly contain herself.  She loves to meet new people, and her favorite things to do are probably eat, chase squirrels, bark at nothing out of the ordinary, and be petted.

Then there’s Buttercup.  Buttercup’s ‘alter-animal’ would be a chicken.  It’s embarrassing.  She is an English Mastiff, and weighs at least 125 lbs (I don’t think she’d mind me sharing her weight….).  But our dog, who is commonly referred to by new acquaintances as a horse because of her size, is cowardly!  She is scared to death to meet strangers!  A huge, intimidating dog!  She is the sweetest thing around us, but that’s about the extent of her affection. I’m not sure how big she thinks she is, but it can’t be very big at all- first of all because of her fear of people, and second of all, she still thinks she can sit in our lap(s).  When we got her as a little puppy, everyone held her.  So I guess growing up with that, she still thinks it should happen.  Visualize the 125 lb. dog coming and standing in front of you while you are sitting on the sofa, then flopping sideways to get her whole body on you, your neighbor sitting next to you, and their neighbor as well!  Other times she just sits down on the sofa next to us.  However I must say, during the winter it’s quite nice to have a heated lap-warmer! 🙂  The only drawback is that she leaves cat-like hair all over the place….and it’s blonde.  Buttercup’s favorite things to do are chase cars (there’s a faded part in the grass where she runs every time), lay around, and find different ways to invade your personal space.

So, there you go- two dogs as different as can be, even in color!  I love them both, and am so grateful that God gave them to our family.

If you have time, check out my Etsy shop-  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToKnitorKnot1013  It is without dog hair, of either color.  🙂

7.5 Reasons to Enjoy Winter

In honor of the first few snowflakes this morning in our area, I give you 7.5 reasons to enjoy winter….or at least try.

My guess is there are two types of people that will read this-  those that wonder how I could only think of 7.5 (yes, it is a little sad), and those who want to peer out of a stack of blankets long enough to laugh in my face (in a nice way, of course) at the thought of trying to enjoy winter!  Well, let’s hope all of you enjoy it either way….

I don’t like it(although I feel compelled to appreciate ALL of God’s seasons), but I have a few reasons that I am going to try to think about in the freezing-est moments.  I will share my list to help others who aren’t fond of chills invading either.  Hopefully, it will make it seem at least a teeny bit better with these happy thoughts in mind. 🙂  Those of you who enjoy the miniscule numbers on a thermometer, feel very invited to leave a comment at the bottom sharing all the reasons why you love winter- I’m sure I’ve missed some, and it will help all the rest of us endure it better!  That being said, here goes….

1.Christmas!!! I love the holiday where we celebrate the Greatest Gift by giving to others. 🙂

2.Winter makes us enjoy the other seasons in all their various beauty even more!

3.No bugs, or fewer at least….

4.Beautiful snow on the trees, fields, cars….Oh, scratch that last one- we’re keeping this positive!

5.Sensible snuggling-  During the summer, snuggling is out of the question because of the heat (unless some people you know like to keep the AC at arctic temperatures!)

6.More opportunities to accessorize!  During the summer, it can be a little difficult to accessorize as much as you want to, merely for fear of suffocating.  Not so with winter!  You can layer on as much as your heart desires, and still feel the frost nipping at your nose!  I get to wear all  the knitted accessories I have made for myself, and observe all the accessories my family members aren’t wearing that I made for them.  O_o  Oh well, you can’t win them all!

7.Coming home to a warm house.  There is a very different feeling between coming home to air conditioning and coming home to a warm house.  There just is.  A warm house just makes it seem so much like a homey-home.  Side note:  I am SO looking forward to the day when our fireplace is up and running….That’ll be the day!

7.5.More time spent indoors with family- this point could also be on the top 7.5 worst reasons to enjoy winter (you may or may not see that blog post come out late January to early February….). This one only gets a half because it’s great to be cooped up with people you love, until Cabin Fever starts developing.

Originally when I commenced writing this blog post, there were going to be 10 reasons.  However, being a fan of all things warm (including summer!), I didn’t succeed at reaching that number, so please enjoy the 7 (and a half) that I did come up with.  If you need something new to help you keep warm, please check out my Etsy shop, To Knit or Knot?.  Until next time then!  I shall now go wrap myself up in a blanket of wooliest-warmth, and recite these to myself over and over, until I have to make a public outing.  Just kidding, I don’t exactly have time for that, but it sounds wonderful…. Oh!  Here’s a bonus reason-  Hot chocolate.  I love  hot chocolate…. or any type of chocolate really!  Have a lovely day, and stay warm!

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The Benefits of Knitting….

And how it can lead to World Peace. I bet you’ve never heard that one before! 🙂

You might have been wondering (or not) when I am actually going to write about knitting or knotting, because I haven’t since the beginning of my blog.  Well, here goes.  I’m going to explain how knitting could bring about World Peace (theoretically).  This is merely a humorous speculation (hopefully). To accomplish World Peace, we would need a lot less sin in the world, not just more yarn, and regrettably knitting rarely has that effect on people.  I should also inform you that this revelation ‘came to me’ when I was rather young, which may help you understand why it’s so impractical.

My brilliant plan for World Peace was to teach everyone to knit.  This way, those people with evil intentions would be too busy to carry out any of their plans….  Those people without any intentions at all would be given something to do…. Those with too many intentions would be able to relax with a simple knitting project and take their stress out on that….  And those who are formulating intentions could do something productive while contemplating!  Just imagine how warm the world would be!!! 🙂  That’s another benefit-  we could clothe so many needy people!  I’m just waiting to be contacted for my Nobel Peace award…. Just kidding!

Now, obviously there are flaws with this.  I am sensible of that.  For example, I know many people who have tried knitting already, and it just isn’t for them.  Maybe we could have World Peace through knitting and crocheting…. Another flaw would be all those poor little naked sheep, alpacas, bunnies, etc., that gave their way of staying warm to others….however, they can just grow some more.

Here are some practical benefits of knitting, if you made it through the silly speculations above. 🙂

  • It really does give you something to do, if your hands need an occupation while sitting at a doctor’s office, watching TV, etc.
  • It really is stress-relieving, depending on who you talk to, and what pattern they are working on….If it’s an easy pattern, yes, but if it’s involved, no, and don’t bother trying to ask them because you’ll cause them to lose count of their stitches or rows.  Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…. 😉
  • It really is productive- you get a lovely handmade item when done, as opposed to having nothing to show for other things….like watching TV (which is why you should knit at the same time!)
  • It really is a great way to make some gifts!  That is, assuming those receiving the gifts actually need the item, and its quality renders it useful….I know some of the first gifts I made were *not* useful, that’s for sure.  In cases such as that, I like to think it’s the thought that counts…. 🙂

So, there you go.  Hopefully, if you were considering trying to knit, I have made you eager to start, and not scared you off!  The world could always use more knitters….even if it doesn’t lead to World Peace.

If you’d like to see an example (or two) of knitting, I’d love you to visit my shop on Etsy- To Knit or Knot.  Have a lovely day, hopefully with a little knitting, but I don’t wish any knots your way!

Do you have any ideas for World Peace, be they impractical or just plain silly?  Let me know in the comments below!