The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. -Proverbs 1:7

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.-Proverbs 4:7

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bucket List Sweater

On my bucket list was "Knit a sweater."  Seriously.  I had given myself until I am 70 to get that done.  Because, I'm a really slow knitter and I also have a habit of losing interest in large projects.
I guess I'm ahead of schedule?  :-)
I finished it earlier in the week, but neither the weather nor available models were very cooperative.  I assured her we are interested in looking at the sweater and not her.  ;-)
Pattern is Berroco Aidez.  Yarn is Rowan Cocoon.
Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out.  I think it's a pretty good attempt considering it's my first sweater.  There is a little wonkiness at the collar (because I made a mistake somewhere), but I worked it out enough I think I'll live.  Looks a little big on her, because she is little and I didn't knit it for her.  Still, I think she could easily pull it off if she "borrowed" it.  It's heavy.  And warm.  And a little itchy which means we probably won't wear it over just a cami. -)

The joy of actually completing an entire sweater was so overwhelming I was forced to begin another.  I will say I am enjoying not having to count with this one.  There's something soothing about making row after row of stockinette stitch?  I will also say I am in LOVE with this yarn.


Friday, January 2, 2015

South Carolina

When the Cloyd's take a road trip, the front end of the day always presents so many possibilities.  (The backend typically presents everyone just wanting to be wherever the final destination is.)  I am the most willing to make random stops.  Ryan is the least.  He humors me.
Savannah River Wildlife Reserve
I remembered, this morning on the way out of town, we forgot to look for alligators.  I decided we should look.  We found three.  Hunting for alligators in the middle of swamp is harder than you would think (or harder than I was thinking?).  It requires a constant scanning.  Can you spot the three we found? (Hint: Pictures 2, 3 and 4.)
I also decided I need a better lens if I'm going to be photographing alligators.  :-)


 See the bird?  He was showing off for us.

On the way down, we passed one field that had some unharvested cotton.  Ryan said he'd go back in that moment, but I told him we'd just look at it on the way back.  I think he thought I'd never be able to find that field again considering it was on some back road and could have been anywhere within a 200 mile stretch.  Ha.  I knew exactly where it was.  And, my kids deserve to know how cotton grows.

Of course we picked a branch off.  Mine is safely stowed in the glove compartment so I can take it to school to show the kids.  Of course, Jac picked his all apart to free the seeds.  Which means cotton is all over the backseat of the car.  What you should know is Ryan really LOVES some aspects of my version of good times.  ;-)

For real...what else is there to say about this?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bonaventure Cemetery

Have I ever been anywhere this beautiful?  Europe, maybe.  But, in the U.S.?  I don't think so.

I could have spent all day in here and could have taken a million more pictures, but the end of "Happy Hour" at Sonic was rapidly approaching and that decided it.  True story.  Unfortunately.

Put visiting this place on your bucket list.

WOTY 2015


I don't know how I feel about it.  Maybe, I don't feel anything about it.  My words of the year always take me somewhere unexpected and this one, without the knowledge it will probably hold a surprise until the end, comes with a lot of possibilities.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Savannah: Day #3

Can you stand more pictures of this beautiful city?  If you are into architecture, this is the place to be.

The only Gothic style synagogue in the United States.

After hearing and hearing about how the ice cream at Leopold's is ranked #3 in the country, we finally had some.  Meh.  I guess my ice cream palate is not that sophisticated.  It didn't stand out as anything special, to me.  That said, the atmosphere inside is outstanding.  It was like being taken directly into the 50's.

 Of course, around the corner, is a macaroon shop.  Had I known, I would have made them choose.  But, we stumbled upon it directly after getting the ice cream.  You know I bought two.

Some random guy playing his violin in the park.  I just like the picture.

 The Cloyd's are incapable of being near a river without taking the obligatory cruise.  They are all kind of the same.  They take you a piece in one direction and then turn around to take you in the other.  Roundtrip = a mile or two.  All of them seem to run on the same theme of shipping with any differentiation focused on what is being shipped.  Last time, when we were in Illinois, we learned all about the transporting of corn.  Far more than corn gets shipped out of this port.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Savannah: Day #2

1.  History is so interesting and I know so little of it.  I was all "What is he doing here?" Because, I don't know my history.
 2.  Is it possible not to love an iron fish downspout?
 3.  I have a thing for flowers.  Even more so in the middle of winter.

4.  Alicia got her introduction to my favorite store.

 5.  Caught an adjusting of the hair.  I have conceded big hair is perhaps not always intentional in the south.  Hers turned to ringlets all over.  Even mine has body and life in this humidity.  Hmm...
 6.  This church is incredible.

 7.  I'm not Catholic, but there are traditions from various faiths I appreciate.  This is one of them.
8.  My favorite style of gardens.

9.  That moss gives everything personality.

 10.  My people.
 11.  I could probably be forced to live here.  If you twisted my arm.  ;-)
 12.  Looking grown.
 13.  There's already a long list of stuff to see tomorrow.  Because you just can't see it all in one day.