Thursday, January 17, 2019


This was a nice little hike and a beautiful waterfall.  The best part was walking behind the falls.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Work In Progress Wednesday - Flower Thread Dream House

Trying to stay with the "finish what I start" plan, I have continued working on the cross stitch house.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Stitch Group Tries Hardanger

Four of us met Sunday and started a small hardanger project. 

I love that everyone really uses the things we make! (Sake cup pin cushions)

This little project uses kloster blocks, woven bars, and a dove's eye.

This is what our projects looked like at the end of our session. Cutting is a little scary, so maybe the scissors weren't as close as they could have been.  We talked about maybe some beads in the corners, or some double running stitches to outline the kloster blocks, a colored fabric behind and a pin backing.  

I can hardly wait to see how they are finish finished.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 36

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 36

December 30 - January 5 

48, 48, 50, 52, 52, 50, 57

For comparison, here is Year 1 of the temperature quilt.

Sarah at Sarah Did It! is continuing to host us on Wednesdays, so please check out the temperatures around the world.  Feel free to join in! 

I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Two temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Kara-taki and Io-numa

One day I took a walk to the Kara-Taki Waterfall and the Io-numa Pond. I saw some interesting things along the way and the blue pond was beautiful.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


I stayed at a traditional Japanese place that I loved!  It wasn't fancy and it was very inexpensive. It's a cash only business, no credit cards.The cost included dinner and breakfast everyday. The place is owned, run, and all the cooking done by a charming 80 year old, who told me to call her Eiko-ba.  In addition to all the cooking and running the place, she also makes omiyage out of hachijo lemons and other fruits and vegetables. 


My room

The dining room

I forgot my camera the first evening, but here are the other meals I ate.  Lots of fresh fish and local vegetables. One day I saw a fisherman deliver a fish that took both arms to bring in.  That became dinner sashimi.

New Year's breakfast

I want to stay here again!