Thursday, February 25, 2016


February Moonset Lakeview

All the Light We Cannot See

"I want to see that!"

Settling into my comfy chair for a Saturday morning of TV and relaxation...I enjoyed some dark chocolate with * Dinner and A Book, my final scheduled program of the morning.

** First I watched Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell and a variety of teachers, Don't Sweater the Small Stuff, about shaping, design, lace, Aran motifs, and keeping in pattern while forming harmonious finished sweaters. 


"Read Your Stitches"


"Stay Focused! "

I laughed out loud, but knitting, my first meditation, does help with focus and pride of accomplishment.  Knitting is even easier and more fun now with self striping yarns and a wide variety of novelty knit fabrics, yarn blends including organics made with natural plant dyes, and naturals spun from Musk Ox, Alpaca, and more.

"Eyelash" Yarn

*** Then I switched to Sara Graham's Food Safari filmed in South Africa, Antelope Park, a lion conservation area.  I watched half grown lions play wrestling, just like our domestic cats.  There was a newcomer young lion, in a small tree, looking around to become oriented.  Sara prepared an outdoor dinner for a new group of volunteers.  Young lions and playful cubs bring smiles

* Now for Dinner and A Book!  Comments spoken by the cooks preparing a meal mentioned that the book skips all around, not in chronological order at all.  Scenes might slide from 1941 then to 1944 and back again.  Short chapters are a style of writing, only 1-3 pages per chapter.  You have time to read a small bit at one sitting if you choose.  I sat bolt upright! 

"I write like that!"  

"It's like you wrote thoughts on note cards, shuffled the cards, and wrote from that," Tuck Langland mentioned.  "It's all over the map!"  Yet there is a central theme so you are not lost.  Descriptive and detailed, character and personality development and scenic word pictures draw in the reader to bring you right "there" in person.

"Yes, shuffling it is!"

One young girl in the book became blind at age six, "Yet she understands.  You can see even if you cannot...." Tuck Langland.

 "The whole book is a sequence of continuous wonderful surprises.

Invisible Light 

"What colors are beyond Earth?" 

"Colors I Haven't Yet Seen."

Crystal Blue

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* Dinner and A Book:  Tuck Langland, guest host, and Gail Martin, hostess, discuss this week's selection, Feb 20, 2016, All the Light We Cannot see by Anthony Doerr while preparing dinner with recipes based on the book's journey and setting, French food for returning World War ll Veterans.  Local PBS Programming is from South Bend, Indiana USA, from WNIT 

** Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell, "how to" plus inspirations for the beginner to advanced knitter.

*** Sara Graham's Food Safari new to the Cooking Channel.  Antelope Park, Lion Conservation.

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

February Moonset Lakeview, by Rob
Eyelash Novelty Yarn by Dahlis
Crystal Blue, by Bill Homann