Update on Mizmlu

I am home recovering from 2 surgeries and a therapy stay in July. My usual activities came to a screeching halt when I had a gall bladder attack and then a fall which happened when I got home from the gall bladder surgery. The fall caused a hairline fracture in my left femur which required a return to the hospital for repair. The double hospital stays and inactivity led to necessary therapy.
I am just now catching up with my normal day to day activities. I added a few new items to my Etsy shop yesterday and hope you will take a look at the new pieces. You’ll find my shop at http://mizmlu.etsy.com.
When I got home I resumed work on the three afghans I am making for my great-granddaughters in Washington state. They are meant to be wedding gifts from me on the happy occasions. The girls are in their teens and weddings are a long time off, but at my advanced age I will not be there. I wanted them to have something to remember me by. Also, as the years pass my eyesight and abilities wane and I might not be able to make their gifts if I didn’t do it now.
Hopefully I will stay healthy and have no further medical issues.



Several years ago I had a house guest for about 3 weeks. My daughter’s friend had been ousted from his apartment and needed a temporary place to stay for about 3 weeks. She didn’t have room for him and I had a guest room and knew him to be trustworthy so I said he could stay with me.

He didn’t have a car. He was an unemployed actor and was somewhat needy. Since I live alone I thought it would be interesting to have a person living with me.

At the time I was in the process of crocheting an afghan as a gift for a friend’s upcoming wedding, so I spent my evenings in the den crocheting while watching TV. Mark joined me most evenings. He watched me busily crocheting, rarely looking at directions, and questioned me about how I knew what to stitch while paying attention to the TV and not looking at the instructions in the pattern I was using. I told him that it was mostly repetitive and I didn’t need to check every stitch. He was impressed with my ability to concentrate on more than one thing at a time.

Mark found work and moved out, but passed away several years later.

These days I am working on three afghans at the same time. I alternate them so that I don’t get bored with the project. They are to be gifts for my great-granddaughter’s weddings at some future date. But they must be made now.

Since I am still in the same home where I lived when Mark stayed with me, still sitting in the same chair, watching the same TV, and crocheting, I have memories of Mark— where he sat, what he said, and how he looked. I do not turn around. It is enough to feel his presence.

Jewelry A’La Mode

Necklace-Bag1 (33)Welcome to my newest jewelry shop. It is full of beautiful necklaces that I have created. There is every color under the sun. (Note the sun motif on the shop front page.) The styles range from classic chokers to long strands that wind around your neck. Where else can you find just the right necklace in just the right color for that outfit you just bought?

Where else can you find a yellow necklace? Or a violet or purple one? How about magenta or navy blue? My shop has them all. You’ll find pearls, glass, acrylic, metal, rhinestones or polymer used to make unusual, original necklaces for casual or evening wear. One of a kind creations. No one else will ever have the same necklace because I never make the same one twice.

Shipping is fast and free with any sale over $10 and the necklaces are placed in an organza pouch for protection. (Shipping for items at $10 or less ship at USPS rate.) I do not charge for handling. Never will. Prices range from $1 to $50. (That $50 one is a vintage genuine topaz necklace and earring set.) Average price for most is $8-15.

When the seasons change you can change your accessory necklaces at bargain prices. You will find just what you’re looking for in the right color, style and price at www.//jewelryalamode.com.


I just watched a video that appeared on my facebook page.  Two elderly residents of a Home for the Aged got married.  He was 87 and blind.  She was 100 years old on that day, her birthday.  It brought tears to my eyes.  They were both in wheel chairs, but the love was there.  They held hands as the minister gave the service.  She was dressed in a beautiful embroidered white wedding gown with a long train and he was in a tuxedo.  With love anything is possible.