German Scalloped Triangle Shawl aka Virus Shawl

This is just the start of trying to write out a full pattern for the Virus Shawl.  Most of what has or will be written has been based on a wonderful video set which can be found here:

There are 5 parts to the video.  They also have on their web site a pattern graph which can be found here:

I have also used the written pattern translated by Michelle J. Iseman which can be found shawl pattern

shawl pattern part 2

Virus shawl written pattern (4)



Dealing with Panic or Anxiety

Since a lot of us suffer from panic/anxiety, I thought I would share a few things that I have found helpful when going some place new or just being out of the house.

  • go early – this gives you a chance to centre yourself, so you don’t feel so rushed
  • find a seat that gives you a view of the room – this way you have something at your back, you can easily see the exits and the washroom.
  • take a book or craft with you – it gives you something to focus on rather then the fact you are just sitting there
  • take a go bag – a go bag is a bag that contends items that you may need in the event of an emergency.
    • a over night self care kit – soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc
    • first aid kit – band-aids, first add cream, after bug bite, burn spray, tweezers, eye drops, nasal spray, gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, scissors,  pressure band-aid, gloves, q-tips, pain / headache pills, back pills, etc
    • sewing kit – needles, thread, buttons, shoe laces, safety pins, cording, etc
    • change of clothes – socks, under garments, shirt, pants, shoes
    • extra pair of glasses if worn, eye glass repair kit
    • flashlight
    • small towels
    • snacks & drinks
    • candle & matches in a water proof container
    • book, craft – anything to keep you busy
    • toilet paper with centre removed in a plastic resealable bag
    • photocopies of your legal papers /birth certificate
    • small phone book with all of your contact numbers listed
    • a small change purse with both coins and bills
    • rain poncho
    • green garbage bag
  • take a friend
  • breath deeply
  • bring music – ipod
  • do leg exercises – this works if you are at table or desk – leg raises, calf raises.  Just tighten muscles & hold to the count of 10 and release if people can see your legs.

Crochet Bug

I think I have gotten obsessed with crocheting as of late.  I have in the last 2 weeks learned several new stitches, completed various projects and started a lot of new ones.

The one that I finished that took the longest time was a customer order boot bag.  I think I took it part at time a half dozen times before I felt it was good enough.


One of the stitches that I learned is a simple shell pattern that I am using for an afghan order.  The colours are based on a picture the person has, her request.


Another stitch that I learned is called corner to corner or c2c for short.  Just a sample of a couple of pieces in progress.  The light green will be a baby blanket and the darker mixed colour is the shawl.


I have also been working on custom designs.  The following is the start of a craft bag that I am making for myself with my notes on how I am working / planning / designing it.


More to follow

Seed Order

This is more for me to kind of keep track of what I have ordered.  I forgot to write down what I had ordered before this one.  😦

Heritage Harvest Seed
Heirloom Tomato – Amish Paste
Heirloom Herb – Chamomile
Heirloom Herb – Borage
Heirloom Herb – Florence Fennel
Heirloom Herb – Old Ukrainian Dill
Heirloom Cucumber – Boston Pickling
Heirloom Cucumber – Early Green Cluster
Heirloom Carrot – Scarlet Nantes
Heirloom Brussel Sprouts – Long Island Improved
Heirloom Lima Bean – Henderson’s Bush
Heirloom Bean – Amish Nuttle
Heirloom Bean – Arikara Yellow
Heirloom Radish – Round Black Spanish


In terms of this blog, the “DEH” stand for dear ex hubby or dear estranged hubby. Some of the blog ideas that I have will refer to him. I have a difficult time in “real life” with defining him with a label. Most of the time I just use his name.

The short side of the story is that I left just over 7 years ago. I think in many ways we get along better now. We have always had a great relationship when it came to working in projects. The person that had more experience was the person that took the lead in the project.

We still speak often and do go out together once in a while. Our phone calls can last as long as several hours. Most of the time what starts the call is one of us needs help with a project. In my case the last time was for suggestion on how to move the ductwork. In his case it was to ask about a piece of furniture that he wanted to refinish. Between us, we have most of the skills and knowledge that we need for the projects we both have worked on.

When I first started looking into what I now know as homesteading, we were working on learning as a team. Things like solar energy (my skill), wind power (his skill), green houses (his skill), herbal meds (my skill) and the list goes on.

Should anything happen to me, he is the person with the keys to my home. He is the person that based on him taking care of my critters until the end of their nature lives gets everything. I guess you can say that he is my BF.


I was introduced to the idea this week.  I had heard of being  “born again” but I never gave it much thought, it was just a label to me.

Re-birthing as it was explained to me is what happens after a major life event.  It is what you make of yourself, your life and your surrounding once you make it thought the other side of the event.  The event can be just about anything that rocks your world;  from a job lost to income lost to lost love to having nothing grow in your garden.  It is something that is important to you and not the world on a whole.  It is that moment when most of the emotion has slowed down, when you take a look at your life and decide the next step in your path.  You may choose to keep going on the same path or you may decide to jump off and go another way.  Like being born, re-birthing can be painful but it is also wonderful if you let it.

Not sure where I am going here.  I found the whole idea of “being given permission” to take a new path peaceful.  Realizing that it is up to me and only me to decide where to go now.  I still remember my mom telling me when my marriage ended that it was going to be one of the most fun times in my life.  My answer was something to the effect are you nuts?  She tried to explain to me that I could do anything that I wanted, only I was holding myself back now.  If I wanted to use my out door patio furniture in my dining room, then there was no one to say that I couldn’t.  If I wanted to eat cookies all day (not a good idea) but I could do that too.  I am not sure she realized what she was talking about had the label of “re-birthing”.  It wasn’t until I started to type this that I remembered her telling me it was ok for me to do what ever I wanted to do.

I have no clue what I really want to do going forward.  Some days it is one thing, other days it is something else.  I allow myself to get overwhelmed by the physical things that in part of my brain I think I should do or have based on that faceless “they”.

I am sure it will take a lot more time to figure out what is next but hopefully for the moment I will remember that it is ok to just take it moment by moment, task by task, one step at a time.

Do Your Own Research

When starting a project, I most likely over think & over research.  I will not change as it is better to be actuate then wrong.  Use different sources.

In the last few months I have found myself questioning those that “seem” to know what they are talking about.  I am speaking on those that write blogs, have web sites, etc to “teach” or “help” others or just share information.  Those words are in quotes as I am finding the information is lacking or misleading or wrong.

Yesterday I lost my cool with one person.  It was about a news story.  The person had taken it and done it up in a blog.  The person added false information to their post which in turn was promoting a racist attitude.

For herbal medicines;  do not take just one person’s opinion  or even one piece of medical/scientific research.  All medical/scientific research ideas come from one direction or point of view.  A researcher often starts out with proving an idea.  Then once it is published, another researcher may or may test it to see if they can come up with the same results.  The other thing is that no two bodies are the same, no two health concerns are the same.  To ask “what should I take” will give you a 50/50 chance of it working and a small chance that you can end up with more issues.  Discuss all health issues with your doctor first.  The see a qualified professional that deals with natural healing.  Also the idea is to deal with the issue not the symptoms.  Until you know that the core issue is do not try to heal yourself without a lot of research.

Homes; whether homestead or buying a house or building a house this is one of those things that can haunt your for the rest of your life if you make bad choices.  I don’t want to screw up what I am hoping will be my last home which is way I have spent several years looking into this.  More in various posts on my blog and more to come.  I will leave this as is for now.

Gardening is another subjective project.  What works for me may not work for you.  A person needs to take into account hardiness zones, where a seed was purchased or collected, the quality of the soil, the surrounding landscape and the list goes on.  I often get asked questions on various things that I grow.  I have also been told over the years that there are some things that I can NOT possibly grow.  I always set out to prove someone wrong when they say it can not be done.  Mind you, I only mention growing something if I have done my research.  The one plant that comes to mind is peanuts.  I did prove them wrong but I found the amount I got off a plant was not worth the effort.   If you have an issue growing something that you want, take a look at the possible reasons.  Did you get your seeds that were produced in a completely different hardiness zone?  Are they old seeds?  Did the weather play a factor?

In all honesty, I have run out of steam on this post.  I had so much to rant about but since I have calmed down my words have slowed down.

Please take your time, do your research – learn how to fish and don’t just take “hand outs” of information because it seems “correct” and it is the easy way out.