Midwest Knit Girl


  • Since March 2011 I have had to continually pinch myself because I can’t believe that my life has changed so wonderfully. My new life’s journey is no longer one that I’m traveling alone on, rather I am cruising it with an absolutely, amazing man named Kelvin, who makes me feel like a princess every single day.
  • I recently learned the dice game called Farkle and I do believe it’s become an obsession. Save me!
  • I’m 48 but feel 28 and so very much alive! I wonder if it has anything to do with a motorcycle? Or the guy on the motorcycle? Or both? Can I have both? Wait, I do!
  • I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance and *gulp* I think I’ll be doing just that. I’m scared witless but I’m willing to try, so long as it’s okay with Kelvin if I occasionally step on his toes.
  • I love the colors purple, turquoise, and emerald green but have yet to knit myself anything in any of those colors.
  • I knit. A lot. I’m addicted to fiber. Real fibers. (p.s. Acrylic is NOT a real fiber, yo!!) If you care, my Ravelry id is ‘knitgirl63’. I haven’t been out to Rav for awhile but I’m really, really close to playing out there again.
  • I have 4 best friends. Each serves a very important purpose in my life and I love them dearly.
  • I used to be a blonde up until about a year ago, now I’m a redhead. Blondes may have fun but redheads are on fire!
  • I can be extremely generous and helpful, sometimes to a fault.
  • I love to read thrillers, mysteries, and some sci-fi.
  • I make stained glass panels and sun-catchers. Small ones. Not often. But I do make them. I currently have an idea in the works for a wind chime. I have it all drawn out, just need to get into the studio.
  • I’ve gone para-sailing on Little Duck Key in the Florida Keys. What a rush.
  • I’ve been to Cancun and was propositioned by a stranger.
  • I’ve never accepted a proposition from a stranger.
  • I’ve broken/fractured two bones in my 48 years, my right big toe and my left fibula (not at the same time!). Please do not ask how, it’s embarrassing.
  • I live in a cold state, Minnesota, where in March if the temps hit 30 you’ll see people in shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes.
  • I love to fly – well, I love taking off and landing, the in-between stuff is just nap-time.
  • I love naps. I used to get one in about every other day for 30 minutes or so, during the day when the neighborhood is quiet. But I don’t do this very much anymore, I’m enjoying life too much now to sleep it away.
  • I have a Monte Alban Worm-Eater’s Diploma because I “did partake of the genuine Agave worm directly from a bottle of Monte Alban, Mezcal”, while in Eagle Nest, New Mexico on September 23, 2006. I am thus an “official devourer of the worm and am imbued with all its mystical and other power.”  Whatever THAT means. Still, it was grand fun. Didn’t even taste it going down.
  • I used to hate to do laundry so it would pile up, and then I’d end up doing about 8 loads in one day. Even though I still don’t like doing laundry, I’ve learned to do it more often, it’s nice to have clean undies.
  • I love bags. Purse bags, project bags, bags that have no known purpose at the time of purchase other than I liked them. I like them so much I’ve started making them for gifts and that gives me an excuse to play with fabric.
  • When I buy a new pair of shoes or piece of clothing, something has to go in the donation pile. Usually, more than one thing goes.
  • I hate clutter but I’m not anal. Though there is a place for everything in the house, it just doesn’t always get put back there. Unless company is coming. Then the closets get full. Very quickly.
  • I like to do word fill-ins but I don’t like word searches, they’re too easy.
  • I was laid off December 19th, 2008, after working 24 years and 8 months at a financial services company. But I was okay with that because it gave me the opportunity to challenge myself by going back to school and earning a Medical Office Assistant diploma and I graduated in December 2010. Woot!!
  • I think volunteerism is hugely important and though I haven’t done much in the way of volunteerism over the last couple of years  I am so ready to pay it forward again. I think Kelvin and I will find ways to enjoy doing this together.
  • I grew up on welfare and made a decision early on in life to never end up there as an adult. I have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. That doesn’t mean I have money, it just means I know how to survive on my own.
  • I have the best mom in the whole wide world and love her dearly. Growing up the cupboards could literally be bare, but somehow, some way, food always showed up at mealtimes.
  • I love to watch thriller movies, the more tension the better. But a good chick flick does me good, too.
  • My hands and fingers turn to ice at the mere thought of speaking in front of a crowd. Since I started going to school in January (2009), I’ve had to work on getting over this problem. I’m working it, give me time!
  • I have never had a driver’s license in any state or country.
  • I’m sometimes too self-sufficient for my own good. I take the bus, I take the light rail, I ride my bike, I walk. I’m learning that it’s okay to ask for a ride or help with things. I don’t have to do it all myself.
  • I’ve never been to Europe or anywhere else that far out of the states. I would need knockout pills because even though I love flying, even *I* can’t nap for that long without going cuckoo.
  • I’ve never been to Canada and it’s less than 5 hours away. What’s up with that, eh?
  • I’m turning into my mother. The only thing bad about that is the fact that I find myself suddenly talking out loud to anyone who listens, midway through the thought I have in my head (just like her). Kind of embarrassing when I realize it based on the astonished looks on their faces. But I love her anyway and she loves me.
  • I was married to a wonderful man named Frank for 14 years, he passed away from renal cell carcinoma on February 28, 2010. If you’d like to read about our journey through the world of cancer, go here =  My Cancer Hat. It can be difficult to read but reality often is.

5 Responses to "Stuff"

Patty this is a wonderful post. What a full and interesting life you are having. I like your style of writing. Thank you for sharing. BeverlyBling from Swap-bot.

Thank you, Beverly. Writing from the heart seems to work pretty well for me. Plus, I think the fact I read so much gives me a bit of insight on what ‘reads well’, versus just tossing a few lines about what one is up to just to post something.

I’m so very glad you enjoy my blog, thank you for stopping by.


I, too, love your writing style. You should write a book … of all the things that go through your head… that would be an AWESOME read!

Hi Sis – I’ve actually thought about that. Thank you for thinking I’d be good enough to do it. 🙂

But what to write about, hmm…

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