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Just Relax… May 21, 2018

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LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS

Thought I’d connect up with three challenges at once! Click on the banners below to go to the various sites to see more contributors and/or to contribute!

Janet over at The Cat on My Head says: Now it’s your turn to snap your selfie and join our hop.

Sandee at Comedy Plus says:  Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays. Post a picture that makes you say Awww…and that’s it.

Annie of McGuffy’s Reader is hosting Sparks, an inspirational and positive thought for the week link-up, every Monday. Annie is taking a much needed blogging break, please keep her in your prayers. Although currently there’s no link-up, we’re keeping this inspirational challenge going!

Nicky and Dad relaxing/recharging!

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La ténacité permet d’atteindre l’excellence

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I get a kick out of this very humorous blog.

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This darned cat is going to be the death of me. Every morning and evening I am forced to crush up Lily’s Kitchen biscuits in my expensive John Lewis stone pestle and mortar and scatter the resulting gravelly, powdery mess over his Acana Pacifica. If I put them in whole, he cherry-picks only them and leaves the rest.

I should have waited a little longer before starting Phase Une. But the chances of Louis Catorze liking the new food better than his old one – given that he doesn’t really like any food at all, apart from the odd sliver of jambon de Bayonne or organic mountain Comté – were very slim indeed, so the odds really should have been in my favour. But the little sod went out of his way to make sure they weren’t. 

The time spent crushing is also starting to get to me. On…

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Who is the Patron Saint of Knitters?

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Dances with Wools

Someone on one of the forums I haunt asked this question. Being extremely interested both in knitting and in religious history, it was necessary to immediately start a search. Some say that the patron saint is Fiacre. It seems he was the patron of cap makers, and when knitted caps were “invented”, Fiacre got the nod by default. An early guild for knitters was organized in Paris in 1527 was named The Guild of St. Fiacre. So who was this person with the strange name?

It is said that Fiachra, or Fiacre, traveled to France from Ireland, in search of a quiet place in which to withdraw from society and devote his life to God. The bishop of Meaux granted him a plot of land on which he built a hermitage with a garden and a hospice for travellers, which over time grew into the village of Saint-Fiacre in Seine-et-Marne…

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Guest Post – The Role of Sports: WW II by GPCox

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Echoes of my childhood. During the War Years I was in elementary school. My beloved brother was in the Navy.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

GPCox  shares the role sports played during World War II in entertaining those left at home. Sports was a diversion from the everyday reports of how the war was progressing in the various fronts around the world.

By: gpcox http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com

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The movies and newsreels of WWII provided information and diversion for many at the home front, but none could provide the escape and release of stress for the civilian as much as sports.

South Florida maintained a carnival atmosphere with the Hialeah Race Track and West Flagler Kennel Club, which took in $100,000 nightly – just to prove my point.  And, somehow, travel restrictions did not deter the action at Miami’s Tropical Park.  Horse racing went on, despite the war, in every country.  All in all, racing boomed as the 68thrunning of the Kentucky Derby went off with 100,000 in the crowd.  Unfortunately, this was…

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Knitting New: Knitted Harry and Meghan May 20, 2018

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Dances with Wools

With the royal wedding come and gone, designer Fiona Goble has designed a knitted version of the bride and groom, right down to the engagement ring on Meghan’s finger. The wedding was spectacular, and what better way to recall it in all its splendor than with dolls representing the happy couple? This design is a follow up to Fiona’s 2011 book “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” after William and Kate’s. The pattern for the Harry and Meghan dolls costs $4.00, and is available for download at fionagoble.com.

Just curious…. whose dress did you like better, Kate’s or Meghan’s?

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Knitting News: Yarn is Not for the Birds May 8, 2018

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Dances with Wools

Heads up, fiber artists! Interweave.com, one of my go-to yarnie sites, posted an article warning readers that yarn scraps and other man made fibers can harm or even kill birds. I don’t put out scrap yarn myself, but it’s likely that many others do. Here’s the upshot of the article:

Yarn is bad for birds because:

  1. The fibers can get tangled in the bird’s legs, neck, or wings, cutting off blood or air flow, possibly leading to loss of limbs or death.
  2. Birds can choke or develop internal obstructions from ingesting it.
  3. It can tether them to the nest, which will probably lead to starvation or attack by predators.
  4. The many chemicals that go into yarn production can be deadly to birds, which are tiny and can’t tolerate them.

The article’s author, Sarah Rothberg, comments that birds are master builders who have constructed their own homes for millenia without human…

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Guest Post – Rationing Gone Wild by GPCox May 6, 2018

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"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

We’ve all heard about rationing but with GP’s help, we’ll now know quite a bit more about it. Enjoy.

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The Second World War was fought on two fronts and as we’ve seen in previous posts, the home front rarely received the credit it deserved for its efforts.  The generation that endured the Great Depression, worked long, hard hours and were often forced to use the barter system to survive now, for the war effort, had shortages for most everything.  If you can name it – there was probably a ration book for it and a black market to get it; if you dared.  The children also pitched in by giving, what money they could earn, back into the family.

Rationing started just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor and sugar was the first product to be rationed when sales ended 27 April 1942 and commercial manufacturers received…

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