Great, Now I Have Guilt!

Last week, while walking in the yard, I noticed a head peeking out of the birdhouse we have mounted in our garden. It was a chickadee! I have never had a chickadee nest nearby, at least that I am aware of. This was very exciting. They are cute, chatty and well…cute. A few days later, when I was sitting on the deck knitting, I heard the bluebirds. I love everything about bluebirds. They have a cheerful song and the prettiest blue feathers. As I sat there, I heard a commotion. I picked up the binoculars (because everyone knows you need binoculars when you knit outside) and saw a bluebird sitting on the perch of the birdhouse with the chickadee hopping on the roof all pissy. Now what? Is it possible for them to share the space? Maybe it can be like a time-share? What if they think this is a bad neighborhood altogether, and vacate? Will this affect my taxes? How will I ever live with myself?

Yesterday Razz had a birthday! He is 11yrs old. It is tradition to take him to Holy Cow Ice Cream. We pop open the back hatch of the Subaru and tailgate in the parking lot. Razz gets a kiddie cup of soft vanilla. The first time we did this, I made the error of ordering a cone. He took that down in one gulp. He also got brain freeze and pressed his head against my leg. Even though there was no tailgating this year, he still had his bowl of Holy Cow vanilla ice cream and all was right with the world. Well, at least in his world.

Do you ever wonder if the stay at home order is getting to people? Wonder no more. This was a headline in my news feed: “Naked man punching cars, fighting officers, taken down by K-9”.

In knitting news, I have a new pair of socks. The pattern is the Slip it Simple Sock by Christine Long Derks. I love the pattern, I love the yarn, but can I be honest? I am not crazy about the the two of them together; I just don’t know if they flatter each other. I will wear them proudly, none the less. Do you swatch for socks? I don’t because I know my preferred needle size and stitch counts. So now, my trio of NFL socks are complete. I fully expect that none of my teams make it to the playoffs. I am the kiss of death.

Lolodidit Everyday Sock-Keep Pounding

Another project in the works is the Granny Stripes Blanket by Attic24.

I love working on this!! It is fun and I am using up odd balls of yarn from previous projects as well as mini samples of new-to-me yarn. Deciding on what yarn to use next is like poking around inside a box of chocolate. This is the perfect project to work on while waiting for the charcoal to heat up, or the pasta to boil.

Speaking of pasta. I had the pleasure to meet Bill, Maker of Masks. He arrived at our door with his little nephew, who was carrying a bouquet of ramps. I added olive oil and cream and tossed it over thin spaghetti. Be still my Tarantella beating heart!

I bet you are wondering how Razz and I are doing on our walk. We have gone another 70 miles, and find ourselves on Million Dollar Highway in Bangor, PA. It appears there are some wineries in Bangor but what appeals to us most is Bear Swamp and Lake Minge, a tree-filled swamp with a wooden boardwalk to a nature center with a pond for wildlife observation. Right up our alley. I’ll grab my binoculars.

Did you know that soup doesn’t really qualify as “dinner”? I did not know that until 2 weeks ago. Even if you add cornbread and a salad, it falls short of dinner material. This is apparently a known fact that has eluded me for 50 years. That leaves me at a loss as to what to serve for dinner this evening.

If you are not this tall, you may not ride the roller coaster!

I hope you are well and in good spirits. I love reading all about your gardens and knitting, pets and baked goods, as well as hearing of your frustrations and fears as we all bumble around trying to settle into some type of normal. On that note, I will leave you in peace.

Happy Days,


I am not drinking anything. Shocking, I know.

I am not listening to anything. Shocking, I know.

But there is a Saint for today!

St. Catherine of Siena. St Catherine was born during the outbreak of the plague in Siena, Italy on March 25, 1347. She was her mother’s 25th child. You heard me right. 25th! She is the patroness against fire, illness and of nurses. She is a Doctor (and rock star) of the Church

“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.”
― St. Catherine of Siena

Keep enduring people!! We got this!

54 Replies to “Great, Now I Have Guilt!”

  1. We are enduring as well as can be expected. Don’t tell anyone but I went to the grocery store for 1 thing. When I shopped Monday my usual store didn’t have cake mix and I’m craving, wait for it, homemade ice cream cake:) So I went to the close more expensive grocery store and bought 2 cake mixes:) I can endure another couple of weeks easily:)
    Your socks are gorgeous!! I think they all look great:)
    The blanket is so pretty:)
    The birds will work it out. Or you can add another bird house:)

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    1. Your secret is safe with me.
      I really loved that pattern, I just think the yarn would have been better in a vanilla sock. I am going to knit my next pair with the Perth I picked up on the yarn crawl. I am thinking of doing the same pattern just to see how it works. I will be prepared to rip out if I don’t like it.

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  2. The opening of your post made me giggle! I can imagine the birds working out a time share agreement! Happy Birthday to your pup! Wonderful socks – my hats off to those of you who are talented enough to knit socks (I will keep plodding along knitting hats and scarves 101, ha!) 🙂

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    1. I have a friend who only knits baby blankets. She is so nimble that it takes her about 2 days to finish one. She has grown grandchildren and no great grandchildren, so she donates all of her work to our knitting outreach we have with the students at my middle school. She must donate 75 blankets each year. Everyone of them beautiful and unique. There is always a place for knitters like you!

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      1. Oh – and by the way Razz is so adorable! We take Mike the mini schnauzer out for a kids ice cream cone (but I have to share it with him as it is still too much for an 18 pound dog!)

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    1. Yes!! I feel the same way when I write them. I think that is why I find it difficult to write one daily. I tend to immerse myself in my day and when I resurface, I want to share them with my friends. Happy Birthday Max!!

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    2. Wandering fun posts….. I love that! That is the essence of Regina. Every day is an adventure and so much fun. And I guarantee she will take you up on that cup of coffee while she wanders. I’m the lucky guy to be locked down with the bestest girl and bestest boy in the whole world.

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  3. I totally like the latest socks, while I can’t root for any of your teams. 😀 And soup, salad, and cornbread sounds like a great meal to me. The MR supplements with popcorn almost every night whether we’ve had steak or just roasted squash.

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    1. Oh my gosh! That is so funny. No matter how big the meal, my husband always retires with a box of large Snyder sourdough pretzels. I used to think it was due to the fact that he was not satisfied with dinner, but now I know that it is just what he does!

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  4. Your dose of Humour is just the thing to cheer any naked car puncher… Regina… And you had me smiling with every sock and lick of ice-cream…

    Wonderful birds are flocking to rent the same space… Watch out next year when those chicks return and want you to have build a whole new high-rise building for them LOL 🙂 😀🤣😂 Fully furnished… 🙂

    Beautiful knitting work.. Socks I have yet to tackle… My cardigan is slowly coming along.. As I’ve been out in the garden and on the plot most days, and I am just too tired some evenings to concentrate.. Then I go the other extreme and wake in the middle of the night, make myself a cup a coco and go and sit down stairs listening to classical music…. Till I am tired and start making mistakes.. 🙂

    I am excited for tomorrow, as its my all the sixes big day… and my Son and granddaughter are coming for a drive by visit.. The first time since lockdown began..

    Sending you big Hugs Regina…. Keep smiling and Happy Knitting, and crocheting that blanket… I intend to use all my left over yarn one day making one huge throw…
    And that WILL be Huge given all my stash of yarn… LOL…

    Love and Hugs… Stay Blessed… I am for knowing you.. ❤

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    1. I know birds are territorial, so I have scoped out the perfect place for a second house. Some birds in our area have two broods. As for the naked man. Holy cow! I laughed soooo hard when I read that headline. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. If only that were outside my window. Imagine that video? It would have gone viral! I am so jealous of you time in the yard. It has been April showers here for sure. Right now a front is moving in and with it 50mph wind. Can I be honest? I love when the wind howls.
      You say the nicest things, Sue, and know I feel the same for having you in my life.

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      1. Oops I’m doing this via phone and I think it sent before I’d finished. So today is bright despite the rain as family came and not seen them since lockdown began. But as neither of us have been anywhere in public places for a while we decided keeping our distance but seeing each other.
        And likewise with your company too my friend.
        Keep your chin up. And remember Patch Adams film. Laughing good for the health. 🥰🙋😊🙏💙

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  5. Happy Birthday to Razz! (He’s adorable.) The sock pairs look great as a set. It’ll be interesting to see what agreement the birds come to. 🙂 And soup should definitely be considered dinner!

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  6. Happy Birthday Razz and enjoy your knitting Regina. I had to look up ramps and Chickadee – we have similar little birds here but nothing as startling as those fabulous blue birds! We do have a lot of wild garlic here at the moment – the smell walking through the woods is brilliant. Great in soups and with pasta. 🙂

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  7. Happy birthday Razz! OMG the thought of that pupper getting brain freeze from eating his ice cream too quickly is cracking me up. What a cutie.

    Wow, that’s awesome that you get to see those beautiful birds nearby! I was really excited to see a goldfinch last week! I see a bunch of robins, mainly. I like robins, and they are prettier than grackles (which should be the official Texas state bird).

    I really like your analogy of choosing yarn like chocolates – so true!

    Hope you are having a nice weekend!

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    1. I had a wonderful weekend, thank you. Spent much time knitting, working in the yard and yes…bird watching. There is still a bit of kerfuffle at the bird house. I am interested to see how this gets sorted out. I also noticed I have a little wren in my other house. What a set of lungs for such a tiny bird.


  8. I have a pair of Redbirds in my yard yearly… hoping they are the same that return yearly. It’s not fair how the male is much redder and prettier than the female! I grabbed pics of him today as he munched on the purple flowers in the grass! I wish I knew where their nest was…. must be babies! Love the sock, color and pattern. I’ve been busy knitting little nurse mates complete with a mask! I posted one on my fb page… now waiting on more 2ply yarn to continue. Free pattern is on Ravelry – called Nurse Mates

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    1. I actually prefer the female cardinal to the male. I love how her beak really stands out against her buff feathers. Right now, we have two pairs of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks. The difference between the male and female is incredible. Same is true for the goldfinch. I have seen the nurse mate pattern and it is really sweet.
      Stay well, Jeanne!

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  9. I really did enjoy this post. It was light and informative. Let us all endure together.
    Thank you for telling me that soup doesn’t cut out being a meal. Know I know 😊

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    1. Soup as a meal is an ongoing debate. Of course, I am in a house of hearty eaters, so that makes it interesting!
      I am getting through all of this with shreds of my sanity intact. Thank you for the follow, Eva. We can do this together. xoxo Regina

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