OWM – hat

I know the theory behind One Word Monday is one word, but there is too much to say!

Panthera Hat

Just released, this is my test knit. Quick, easy to read/follow pattern. Nice chart. Bonus? She has a sale on it since it is a new release.

It would have gone faster, but travel/medical/travel made for slow knitting. And a little ripping, since I apparently can’t fly and keep my eyes on the right line.

In other news, our Sarah won the Stitched by JessaLu bag from the anniversary contest I was running last month. I’m telling you, those bags are amazing!

Texas Adventures – Wichita Falls

So much fun! So cold! The first night anyway. It got down to 32 degrees. We purchased a sleeping bag that is rated to 10F and it worked fabulously!

I made the man make the fire and coffee that first morning – because I was busy staying warm in the sleeping bag. After warming up, I spent a few hours sitting by the lake “fishing”. By that I mean I had my pole out, but was really knitting and zoning out.

Morning two, (and my Saturday Sky) I made the fire and coffee. And did some more lake sitting. Just being out there alone for a few hours was amazing. We didn’t go out in the boat until Sunday, and that was fine. For such a popular fishing lake, there were no bites the whole 4 days. I think the cold front may have stunned the fish as much as it stunned us.

My stack of Stitched by JessaLu bags post washing. MAN! They all smelled like campfire! But the great thing is, they wash great and keep their shape. They kept me organized and kept everything inside smoke free.

And that brings me to my 15th Anniversary giveaway. I know there will be a Stitched by JessaLu bag and maybe something else depending upon the response.

  • Comment on a post get an entry
  • Make any donation to my Bike MS, get an entry. Any donation. Fifty cents? You’re in. $5? Yep!
  • Share any (or all) of the anniversary posts get an extra entry (just let me know where)

I even did an IG post about those fabulous bags that you can share for an entry.

Now, I’m off to pick up the fur balls and finish my 4th load of laundry. Socktoberfest update next week when I’m not busy being so chill that I forget I have a phone.

Happy Tuesday y’all! (and a belated Happy Thanksgiving Canadians!)

Blogaversary – 15 years

Well, that went fast and seems like forever ago. There hasn’t been a year that a haven’t blogged, but it has been sparse the past few. I don’t even know that woman that started blogging 15 years ago.

Cross stitch, knitting, spinning, weaving, life, happiness, sadness, just getting by. It’s almost all here. We aren’t talking about the past year yet, but I’m sure I will.

Today, I’ll be at Homestead Heritage weaving wash cloths and hand towels. I’m going to say to celebrate the blog, but honestly, I forgot until it popped up on my reminders last week. This is just a break for me from all the life stress. It is such a calming and joyful place.

I want to do a little give away to celebrate 15 years. I’ll do this post and 4 more. I know there will be a Stitched by JessaLu bag and maybe something else depending upon the response.

  • Comment on a post get an entry
  • Make any donation to my Bike MS, get an entry. Any donation. Fifty cents? You’re in. $5? Yep!
  • Share any (or all) of the anniversary posts get an extra entry (just let me know where)

So, happy 15 years to me and happy Tuesday y’all!

Prizes! I have PRIZES!!!!

No, really.  Texas and I are riding in the Bike MS 150 in May of this year.  Well, Texas is,  I haven’t raised enough moolah yet.  So this is where I need your help.  Please donate.

Right here is where you can find my page.  I need to raise $300 to ride.  I need to raise this by April 7th so I can pick up our rider packets close to our house instead of an hour and a half away. (Yes, I want to avoid a 3 hour round trip. Call me crazy)

To try and bribe all y’all to donate, I’m going to give something away. For every $10 that is donated, you get an entry in a drawing.  The winner will have a choice between a Fire Stick, an Amazon Dot, or a Stitched By JessaLu regular wedge or box bag (you pick, I’ll pay). If I get to $500, I’ll pick two winners.

Since a bunch of you came through for Texas too, I’ll also enter anyone who donated to him.

So here is the breakdown:

  • Donate $10 = get an entry
  • Share the link on FB, Twitter and IG with #MakeSquishRide = get an entry
  • Share on your blog and let me know = get an entry


I know you all have come through in the past for helping raise money to find a cure, not only for MS, but for NMO. I am always grateful for your generosity.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

 

Thoughts from an airplane

Mmmm. Warm, salty nuts. I think I’ll have to start warming mine at home. I think they taste better.

I was wondering before flight how many free drinks were enough? I didn’t even have to wonder, those bitches kept my wine glass full. The.whole.way.

I think my seat mate is some type of MMA dude. He smells good too. Seriously good.

How about some more swag? Those Guthy Jackson people are awesome. Info on how to win and how to donate is a couple posts below.

Yes, Christine Ha stopped by to speak to us. You do know she has NMO and that caused her blindness, right?

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Just wanted to throw this out there before I hop on the plane and pass out.

Happy Thursday y’all

Where did that pile of cow pookie come from?

Hi! Life! It decided to throw an unexpected curveball. I can’t talk specifics, but all good thoughts/ intentions/ prayers/ lighting of candles/ dancing naked under the full moon (whatever it is you do) and such would be greatly appreciated.

You, however, get a bonus out of all of this messy stuff going on over here. An extra week to spread the word and donate!

Some of you know that the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation has a patient day for us every year. Starting the weekend before, they have all of the doctors and scientists and great minds from all over the world get together and share their knowledge with each other. That’s one of the premises of receiving money from the Foundation is that they HAVE to share with each other what they’ve learned. Kind of an awesome research model. I wonder what would happen if more research was done this way.

Anyway, the docs and scientists are doing that this weekend and patient day is next week, so…. I won’t be able to get information out of anyone until that’s all said and done. Unless I possibly badger and abuse the awesome staff while I’m at patient day. I actually don’t know if I have it in me to do that.

Prizes are in a post somewhere down below and you now have until November 8th to donate.

 How do you get a chance to win?

Click here to go to the Guthy Jackson donation page, choose “Memorial Donation” and put Stacey Pope in the “purpose” section.  For every $10 you donate, you’ll get one entry. If you share this contest on Facebook, Twitter or wherever (and let me know), you’ll get another entry.

Deadline to enter is November 1, 2013 November 8 (12 noon Texas time) and I’ll be announcing the winners on November 2, 2013. November 9th

Spread the word! Donate what you can. Win some awesome yarn.

I still can’t pronounce it right

I just returned from 3 days in Dallas, (that felt more like a week) after attending the Rare Neuro-Immunologic Disorders Symposium.  It centered on repair and recovery and most of all, hope.  At the end of this post, you can find the information on how to donate to people with one of these disorders and get a chance to win some prizes.

Friday night, Texas and I had a lovely dinner and spent some time shopping in the big city. Saturday, we ended up attending The Halloween Block Party in Dallas. It was either that or get a contact high from our neighbors at the hotel. Anywho, despite the rain, it was so much fun. I can’t decide which pictures to post.

I’m only about 9 days out from attending patient day in Los Angeles and I might have to spend that time recovering from all the things.  Well, and finishing a couple of knitting projects.

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How was your weekend?

How do you get a chance to win?

Click here to go to the Guthy Jackson donation page, choose “Memorial Donation” and put Stacey Pope in the “purpose” section.  For every $10 you donate, you’ll get one entry. If you share this contest on Facebook, Twitter or wherever (and let me know), you’ll get another entry.

Deadline to enter is November 1, 2013 November 8th (12 noon Texas time) and I’ll be announcing the winners on November 2, 2013. November 9