Instant Pot Journey: Trash Night Penne

Trash Night…

… is the night I go through my fridge or freezer and pick one thing that’s been sitting longer than I’d like. It either gets cooked or tossed. On this journey, I eliminated frozen Italian sausages, 3 partial bags of frozen veggies, the remains of a container of sour cream and the last of a block of parmesan.Continue reading

New Downloads For Design-A-Knit: PE-1 Mylars 1-10 / Stitch Patterns 1-50

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Click on an image to see a larger view of the designs included in this download…

Disclaimer: These designs were translated from PE-1 to DAK, stitch for stitch. Some of these designs look best using PE-1 features that are not available to DAK (mirror image, etc.). It may be useful to download the original PE-1 pattern book to see how each pattern is used.

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Knitting Gauge Tutorial

I believe gauge is the most important knitting concept because it is the sole principal that determines whether a knitted item will be the right size when it is finished. For an afghan, you have a bit of leeway in that a slightly smaller or slightly larger afghan is still acceptable. Continue reading

It Takes A Village

Governments don’t build towns. People do. Nowhere is that more evident than our small towns where it’s pretty obvious that it’s local entrepreneurs that keep the wheels of progress rolling in the right direction.

That’s why it’s so important that we the people do everything we can to keep the government operating within its bounds, hold our elected representatives accountable and support our neighbors in every way we can to help local businesses grow.

That’s why one of our own has established The Evergreen Defense Fund to help local businesses with the legal fees and other costs associated with ensuring they can defend themselves when the system breaks down.

Please help us save a small business. Whether you’re a business owner or patron, we all lose when someone has to close their doors because they couldn’t afford to fight a corrupt bureaucracy.

Refugees, Immigrants, Guns and Politics

A Facebook friend posted a comment this morning that really made me stop and think…

I realized I really would love to have a world where we can provide a safe haven for political refugees. But I’m more afraid of the wolves who will use that as an opportunity to hide amongst the sheep. Because that’s what evil people do.

I would like to see an America that continues to be the land of opportunity for immigrants who want better lives for themselves and their families. But I’m more afraid of the ones who will use open borders to bring in drugs and sell them to our kids. And even more afraid of the ones who will import terror. Because that’s what evil people do.

I support the voice of protesters even if I don’t agree with them. But I’m more afraid of the rioters who seize the opportunity to tag along for the ride in order to deliberately destroy property and do bodily harm to law enforcement and private citizens. Because that’s what evil people do.

I would like to live in a world where most of the guns are in the hands of the military, law enforcement or sportsmen. But I’m more afraid of the predators who neither care about nor abide by laws and will always take advantage of law abiding citizens who no longer have the ability to defend themselves and their families. Because that’s what evil people do.

Up until 3 or 4 years ago, I used to fork over some cash to the homeless person walking down the street or standing at a stop light. Then a guy approached me in the train station asking for cash so he could buy a train ticket to New Hampshire. I was down to my last $20, so I politely declined and almost felt guilty enough to give that up. I saw the same guy every day telling the same story at the same time for two weeks. I had a one hour delay one day and watched him collect at least 3 to 4 times the cost of his train ticket. About two-three months later, he was at it again. Because that’s what evil people do.

I would give someone in need the shirt off my back, but it pisses me off when I’m cheated or threatened. It pisses me off that I’ve become cynical. It pisses me off that evil people have that kind of power over every aspect of my life. It pisses me off that evil has bred in me an inability to trust strangers. It pisses me off that evil has shaped my opinions of the world and my politics. And it pisses me off that while the rest of us waste time and energy arguing with each other, evil is allowed to run rampant.

Call me a wimp, spineless, gutless, fearful, cynical or a whole host of other things. You can question my judgement. I am more than willing to own those flaws.

But do not call me a hater, a bigot, biased or stupid just because I don’t see the world and her problems through your eyes. You can refuse to accept any of this or you can refuse to accept the fact that there are millions more who could repost this and mean every word. But that denial would be a pretty good indication that you have some issues of your own — not the same as mine, but no less negative, biased or cynical. And if you deny that as well, then you are also blind.