Ladies Night

I’m a sucker for a good, light-hearted summer read…..doesn’t matter if it’s summer or not, just happens that I hit this one at the right time.


Overview (from Barnes and Noble)


Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies’ Night!

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool.  Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style.  Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal.  So is attending court-mandated weekly “divorce recovery” therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality.  When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday “Ladies’ Night” sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined.  Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns.  Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies’ Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.

Maybe it’s because the main character in the story has a blog, but I can’t seem to put this book down!  It’s one of those books I can get lost in!

Take advantage of your local library, it’s the best deal in town (or at least ours is).

I can go on-line, order a book and when it comes in, they e-mail me to let me know that I can come and pick it up. If it’s something popular, you might have a long wait….for example, I’ve been on the wait list for the first season of Downton Abbey for months and months.




Decisions, decisions….


I spent a big part of yesterday going through my pictures and still trying to decide what to take


to work on at the upcoming workshop with Heather Ritchie.


I’m kind of leaning towards either a large rug, or a series of smaller pieces to make into pillows.


I’ve gotten to that point in my hooking career, where I have LOTS of rugs, and as Kenny says,


“our home cannot be a rug gallery”


I agree with that up to a point….it would be weird having rugs EVERYWHERE, that is why a


series of pillows seems like a good idea.  I seem to be gravitating toward large, blown up flowers…..


The only thing with pillows is I hate all of the finishing….that is why the Modern Moose is hooked, but still not turned into a pillow.



Sitting spots rarely used

Yesterday was a mix of sunshine and rain. At one point I was outside taking pictures of Kenny’s garden and it was beautiful and glorious.  I came inside to upload my pictures to the computer and within five minutes it was pouring down rain.

As I was going through the pictures I realized that we have many sitting spots in our garden that are inviting but rarely used.


This sitting spot is in our front yard and is closest to our neighbor, Ruby, who is in her late 80’s or maybe even her early 90’s.  She still mows her own yard and is always happy to sit for a spell and have a beer with you when it’s hot outside…she is a hoot!  She has pretty roses in her back yard and is tickled pink that our poppies crawled under the fence to intermingle with her roses in May. This little bench probably gets the most use of all of our sitting spots. You’ll often find Ruby and maybe even another neighbor sitting here having a chat.


This sitting spot is in the back yard, a glider, I love a glider, that soothing back and forth just reminds me of summer.  It has not seen much action yet this year because we have had so much rain and the cushion is tufted and it seems it’s always soggy when you go to sit down.


It’s a great sitting spot because you can get a fairly good view of the largest garden room from here and there is always lots of bird activity to watch.


This bench needs some painting or needs to be put by the curb…..decisions need to be made!

This is probably the least used sitting spot in the garden….generally gets used most often as a place to sit garden tools.


I see the picture above and I just think how pretty the pink leaves are on the tri-colored beech tree….Kenny sees it and says, “look at all those wild violets in our yard”! Funny, you can have several different people look at the same view and they all see different things.  It’s all about perspective!



These two chairs are getting ready for rehab….they are going to be painted a rustic brown color and relocated to the new front patio/porch…..will we sit in them? I certainly hope so!!

The new patio/porch is ALMOST finished….rain has caused delays, but it’s getting close to completion. Can’t wait to share pictures when it’s finished!

LOve YOur LIFE!!


Feels like home…..NOT!!

Still trying to make this new blog feel like home,

but I’m having a hard time getting WordPress to do all the things that I liked about Blogger.

I’ve been unsuccessful at being able to re-do my sidebar with pictures that go with links, so I can feature homeless dogs, that is totally bumming me out. Also, I can put other peeps blogs on the sidebar, but it doesn’t update the order when they post something new….another thing bumming me out.

I’ll keep working at it, but may just end up back at Blogger, perhaps with the new name and a new look.

If any of you are on WordPress and have any tips for me, I’m all ears!!

What I DO love about WordPress…the pictures can be so much bigger…..loving that!

Feelings & Friendship

Friendship is not just a human emotion. Animal BFFs separated during a rescue from a farm this month were reunited in Northern California.

Taken to different animal care facilities, after spending ten years together, Mr. G, the goat was not happy. He  hadn’t eaten anything for four days — even when offered sweet treats. He missed his friend, Jellybean the burro.

Then someone had the bright idea that he might be grieving and the caretakers arranged for a shuttle to deliver his friend.

“We had never taken in a donkey before,” said The Animal Place rescue center. “But we knew these friends needed to be together.”

The minute Mr. G. heard him being unloaded, he leapt up from the stall in the corner and ran to the door. He hasn’t left the burro’s side since.

Story via Good News Network

Inspiration from Art Journaling

As I’m still pondering what type of rug to work on at the upcoming camp, I’ve also given lots

of thought to art journaling.  I’ve tried a bit of art journaling and it IS fun….I just prefer not to

invest in lots more STUFF!!

(Found on

However, I’m so intrigued and inspired by all of the LAYERS in art journaling….just can’t figure

out how to get it to translate to rug hooking.

(art journal everyday by cathy.bluteau on Flickr)

I mean, you can’t STAMP onto rug hooking….

(Art Journal by thekathrynwheel on Flickr)

Perhaps you COULD go back and STAMP or paint dye onto an already hooked rug? Not

quite sure how that would work.

This art journal page ABOVE is my very favorite on this page! I love the colors, the words, the sunshine, the circles, the leaves and reference to  nature….I just love it all!!  If I were to try a hooked rug that looked like an art journal page, this would be my choice.

On the one above, I love how the colors run together, some of it is watery and soft, while other parts are bold.

I guess I’m just trying to put my finger on HOW to achieve all of these things in a rug.

Any ideas?

LOve YOur LIFE!!


New Day Tuesday


I’ve been knitting for a while now, but I still consider myself a novice knitter.  I’ve made one sock and still have to finish it’s mate.  I found the sock knitting a bit tedious, but I’m no quitter!

For the summer, I’ve made a decision to try something new every week, whether it be learning a new knitting technique, trying a new restaurant, a new recipe, a different type of fitness class

or whatever.

If you don’t knit and want to learn how, just Google knitting videos on YouTube.  I’m knitting in the Continental style, which I find WAY faster and easier than the way I was taught (Thanks Patti!)



On this little dishcloth pattern, I’m learning how to drop stitches and pick them back up in a different part of the pattern.  The pattern is called Raspberry Jam and I found it on Ravelry.

I’m sure I’ve already made a few mistakes, but hey, it’s a dishcloth, that’s why I like to make them when I’m learning new stitches, plus, they are usable and gift-able.

Try something new this week!!

LOve YOur Life!!


Most people re-vamp their lives (or intend to) at the New Year.  I’ve always seemed to have better luck with this when I have a break during the summer.  Summertime seems to me, a time to peel back the old layers that aren’t working for me.
I’ve had the “Skip To My Ewe” blog since 2007. This is when I decided to turn my love of rug

hooking into a little on-line business.  Thanks to so many of you, it was very successful and still lives on, although under different ownership on eBay.

With this longer weekend, I finally felt like I had the time to sit down and re-vamp.

So what is LoYoLife?

I always hear young people saying YOLO (You Only Live Once)

This is true, you do only live once, so you might as well go for it!

I also think that you should also build a life that you love and that you should

LOve YOur Life that you are building.

This blog is still virtually the same, but you will come to see different parts of me that I haven’t shared in the past…..enjoy!