WIP Wednesday: Of Poets and Time Travel


Greetings from yesterday!


Given that yesterday was “Back To The Future Day,” I decided I could go back to yesterday to do my WIP Wednesday post. I was barely home yesterday, and was sleeping, actually or mentally, when I was. So today we’ll go back in time.

The Hook


I finished Section 3 of my Spice Of Life blanket. Section 6 (the final one) was released Tuesday, so I am significantly behind the main pack. I just started on Section 4, but I’ve only got one row done. The final few rows of my Section 3 are Cornflower, White, Soft Blue, and Amethyst.


The Book

The other night at work, it suddenly dawned on me that audio books might be a good idea for those long nights. So, I checked out Audible. I don’t know why I’ve never done that! It’s amazing! I signed up for a monthly plan and started my first book.


Yes, that’s John Lithgow, and, no, he didn’t write the poetry. This book is an introduction to his favorite poets and some of their work. It’s fascinating! Mr. Lithgow provides a brief biography of each poet before a celebrity guest reads one of their poems. After the poem, Mr. Lithgow provides his thoughts on it, how it influenced him, and a few more titles by that poet. The poets are presented alphabetically by last name. I just finished Chapter 6, William Blake.

I chose this book to start with because I have realized my general lack of knowledge regarding poems and poets that my peers seem to know. I also find poetry difficult to read at times (though not to write, but that is another post). I figured that listening to it might make it more accessible to my extremely auditory brain. So far, this book has spurred interest in further readings by Elizabeth Bishop and William Blake.

The Needles


As you can see from the photo, I have finished one of the hats for my coworkers and very nearly finished one of the Milos. Actually, I finished the Milo at the salon shortly after this photo was taken.




I’m going to finish the knitting on Super Secret Project before casting on for the next Milo.

I hope you are having a great Thursday. I shall hop back in my DeLorean and rejoin you shortly. I’ll also link up to the Yarn Along.

See you there.



Compassion Tuesday: Spotlight on Aldo


Today, I’ll be continuing my introductions of my sponsor children who are new to me this year.

Meet Aldo.

PhotoEditor-1445336691169 Aldo is six years old and lives near Medan on the island of a Sumatra in Indonesia. Aldo is my third sponsor child from Indonesia.

When Rio graduated from Compassion’s program, I began sponsoring a little boy named Marchellino. This spring, he and his family moved away from the area where Compassion serves. Compassion contacted me and offered to transfer my sponsorship to a new little boy. Of course, I agreed without question. Aldo and Marchellino live (or lived) in the same city.

I’ve only been sponsoring Aldo since June, so we haven’t had much time to connect. I know he lives with his aunt and mom and that he has a brother. He likes soccer and music, and his favorite color is yellow. So far, I’ve received two letters from him.



I love what he says about wanting to take a walk together. I would love to do that with all of my kids!

Aldo recently had a birthday. Rather than sending a card, I used a fun paper and stickers to make him one. The blank space at the bottom is for translation.


I’m looking forward to getting to know Aldo better.


As I type this, there are 228 children in Indonesia listed on Compassion’s website who are waiting for sponsors. Would you consider ending the wait for one of them. Who knows, were could end up sponsoring buddies.



Children in Indonesia

Children in Indonesia

Compassion Tuesday: Spotlight On Gabriela


In the next few Compassion Tuesday posts, I will be introducing you to my newer sponsor children. Of my six kids, four are new to me this year. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Gabriela.


Gabriela is 9 years old and lives near the city of Oruro, Bolivia. She is actually my third child from Bolivia, and my second named Gabriela. Weird, huh? I guess that must be a popular name. I only sponsored my first Gabriela for a few months before she moved out of the area where Compassion serves.

When my first sponsor child left the program, Compassion sent me a girl named Erika. I sponsored Erika for several years until she graduated from Compassion’s program at the age of 15 late last year. When Erika graduated, Compassion sent me information on my current Gabriela.


I’ve only been sponsoring Gabriela since January of this year, but we have already gotten to know each other. When she writes me, it feels much more like a conversation than a letter. She has answered my questions and asked a few of her own. I feel as though I’ve gotten to know her more in the past 10 months than I have some of my other kids in years of writing. I’m not sure if it’s her age or just her personality, but I love it!



She is also a pretty good artist. She told me drawing is one of her favorite activities.

I recently received a new photo of Gabriela.


Do you recognize the shield on her jacket? Gabriela attends a project run by a Salvation Army church. 🙂

I’m looking forward, and hoping for, many more years of sponsoring Gabriela.

There are currently 129 children in Bolivia on Compassion’s website who are waiting for sponsors. Would you consider getting to know your own “Gabriela.”