Archive | February 2007

Keep On Keeping On

This photo was taken at about a forty minute walk from Santiago de Compostela. In other words, we were almost there, after about 1750 km walking. I waited a good fifteen minutes for the cloud to go in front of the sun.

In praying from the Bible (Old and New Testaments), the Qur’an, and The Revelation of Arès, it is surprising at times to see the same thing come up in several of them. Today it was the following:

Practice goodness and justice, and constantly trust in your God. Hosea 12:76

C’est par votre persévérance que vous acquerrez la vie. Luc 21:19

O man, you have to strive and go on striving towards your Lord, then you will meet Him. Al Qur’an “ The Cleaving“ 84:6

When I checked the King James Version for the English text of the verse in Luke, I found “In your patience possess ye your souls.” This was so different from the French, I decided to check out a few other translations.

(The Message)
Staying with it, that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.

(Amplified Bible)
By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.

(New Living Translation)
By standing firm, you will win your souls.

(English Standard Version)
By your endurance you will gain your lives.

(Contemporary English Version)
You will be saved by being faithful to me.

(American Standard Version)
In your patience ye shall win your souls.

(Today’s New International Version)
Stand firm, and you will win life.

You get the idea, hence the title…

Keeping Husband Warm


Sweater vest I just finished for husband

This is made from the same wool as the Coverlet Square. I didn’t have a pattern; it’s my own creation, other than the instructions for how to do the stitches. I had to “translate” them, because they were given for knitting back and forth and I did this in the round. This meant that I had to reverse the instructions for every other row, not only in the sense of knits and purls, but also in the sense of the order of the stitches along the row. I had to take a few rows out at the beginning because of an error, but eventually, it came together.

In the same way, I have to keep working on myself, keep striving to become better, in spite of error and mistakes, taking out things I thought were true, replacing them with Truth. Working with Love.

February 23, 2007

Busy, busy. For a more complete explanation, see my previous post:

Cream Doilies

Here is something else I’ve been up to – making cream doilies. These are doilies weighted with beads . Their purpose is to keep flies out of the milk when you are having tea outside. (To tell the truth we have flies inside too, since the windows don’t have screens over here.) They would keep wasps out of iced tea also, I suppose.

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Coverlet Square


Two Leaves and Five Bobbles

for the man whose mind bloggles

A friend of mine’s husband would like to make a coverlet from squares donated by different people from all over. This is a square (not really very square now that I look at it lined up with the edges of the scanner’s box) I made for him. It is wool from sheep that a friend of mine raised “ Manx Loaghton “ a rare breed from the Isle of Man. This is the colour of the wool naturally — it is not dyed. I’m going to make a vest for my husband out of this wool also.

If you like to knit and think it sounds like fun to contribute to the “throw” project, here is a link to the blog presenting it:

February 02, 2007

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So far today, the sky is unevenly gray with a light drizzle falling. Maybe a drizzle is by definition light? As husband passed in front of a white wall, I did see his shadow, but I don’t know yet if I will see my own.

Since I’ve been living in France I have realized there is a more to this day than a rodent in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. There are many religious and secular traditions associated with February 2nd. People flip crepes with a gold piece in their other hand. Success ensures success! In case of failure, if the floor isn’t too dirty, you can still eat the crepe. It is also the day (supposedly) Jesus was presented at the temple (Simon and Anna). It is the midpoint between Dec. 21 and March 21. There is a French saying, A La Chandeleur, l’hiver meure ou prend vigeur. At Candlemas, winter dies or gathers its forces.

I have to wait ’til after lunch to see what Punxsutawney Phil has to say, due to the time difference.