Monthly Archives: July 2012

A quiet day

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With the kids gone, Keith and I enjoyed one last day here at Big Canoe before heading home. A hike and then a swim today and now sitting quietly at the condo.

It amazes me how much more difficult the heat and hills make getting my steps in … The 10,000 steps today felt like the 20,000 we did at home a couple weeks ago but it’s great to be hiking in the woods.


The pink socks are done except for grafting the toes closed but I want something to work on tomorrow in the car and on the plane so I started another pair tonight. These color changes are less frequent so you can see that my socks are not going “match” I could have pulled out more yarn until I was at the same spot in the color sequence but that would have wasted a lot of yarn. I find that sock knitters seem to fall into two categories those that want their socks to match and those that don’t really care … I don’t really care if the stripes are in the same place on both socks.



Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on iBooks

I don’t buy any books from the Apple store but I love iBooks for organizing my PDF files. I create separate folders as needed including ones for knitting, quilting, and genealogy and when I come across a pattern or genealogy page I want to save, I either open it in iBooks if it’s already a PDF or use the app PDF Converter to save it as a PDF if it is not. All my pattern PDF’s then sit nicely on my bookshelves.


I love our woodsy retreat

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I never tire of coming home to Big Canoe although I was very tired when we arrived at 3:30am. As usual Chesty did great both on the flight and the drive from the airport – he’s a well seasoned traveler.

Chris and Becky are our first guests and they’ll arrive this evening. In the meantime, we have some plans to arrange for the week and a run to the grocery store.


This and that

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I’m not getting any sewing done this week and at this rate, none will be happening before i travel again. A week like this make me thankful that most of the time I can spend my days quilting without a lot of other obligations intruding.

I have created my list of goals for the next few months. The iPad app Reminders is great for this as it lets me list them and check them off as they’re accomplished.


Today was my day for genealogy and I think I finally solved my problem of how to handle both my research and my initial goal of creating a Family History book for my sons. I knew that i didn’t want a book generated by genealogy software and that scope of writing a book that detailed all the genealogy details I was gathering in my research was clearly beyond my ability.

I decided to deal with the creation of the “tree” and it’s research and gathering of facts separate from the book for the boys and take a more informal, storytelling approach using the facts I’m gathering. I don’t know if that makes sense but by approaching the book as a story I’m telling the boys and not the entire family, it becomes much easier to write.

Knowing that my iPad almost never leaves my side i also knew that I’d write the book quicker on it than on the laptop so I searched today for an app and chose Manuscript. So far the things I like best are the chapters, the ability to create files with index cards so I can organize my thoughts, and that I can read what I wrote in a “book view” which makes it so much easier to proofread. My thought is that after the content is written, I’ll export the text into a format that allows me to insert photos and charts and then “publish” it.

Wish me luck and check back in a couple years to see how I’m progressing.