Advent Day 8

Happy Day 8!

Happy Day 8 everyone! How’s your Caturday? I’ve had a lovely day crafting and relaxing. There has been knitting and embroidery and The Great British Bake Off: The Holiday Edition as well as today’s Vlogmas episodes from my favorite podcasters. I’d share pictures of the crafting, but as these are destined to become Christmas presents and I have been warned about spoilers, that will have to wait. In the meantime, we have today’s treats.

Day 8 Treats

Buddy the Elf. This is the name of today’s yarn. It is another bright green speckle. I’m impressed at the sheer variety of shades and speckles. Each skein has been as beautiful as the first day. Into the great Tub O’ Yarn it goes. My pile is growing.

Buddy the Elf.

Chamomile tea today. I’m saving it for later this evening.. It smells lovely though. My parents had Raspberry tea today, much to my Dad’s relief. They’ve had some, let’s say interesting flavors like Lemon Cake and Pumpkin Spice. Non-traditional flavors to say the least. But we have had fun this last week calling each other to discuss the day’s flavors. It is has helped that it seems we have different teas. Sometimes I get a tea they haven’t had yet and vice verse.

Chamomile Tea

Today’s cup is a Mikasa cup given to me by my sister nearly 20 years ago. It’s a lovely size. I can have a generous amount of coffee or tea and yet it is not so big that the beverage gets cold quickly. And it’s a cute image of Santa. There are a lot of happy Christmas memories attached to this cup. In fact, it remains one of my favorites to this day.

Mikasa Christmas Time cup.

I hope you have enjoyed your Caturday. Thank you for listening. We’ll speak again tomorrow.

And because it wouldn’t be Caturday without a cat, here he is:


Advent Day 7

Tea Advent Calendar From Blue Moonstone Designs (

Happy Day 7 everyone! It’s Friday! And what a Friday it’s been! I walked into my classroom for my 8:00 am class, where students were expecting to give presentations, to find that the computer was “no longer trusted by the network” and so could not connect. We were forced to relocate while IT sent someone to try to remedy the problem. Turns out he had to swap out the computer, but he had it fixed by 11:30. Sadly I was forced to find a third classroom for my 9:10 class. This new classroom did not have the necessary Smartboard or software. We were (I was) forced to make do with an old version of a power point presentation and the students got to enjoy my trying to make the unfamiliar projector work properly. It was certainly exciting. I was very happy to have my regular classroom back in the afternoon. Once you are spoiled by a Smartboard, there is no going back!

Today was the last day of classes before final exams begin next week. Students are tired and faculty are tired. It’s time. Good thing we have treats.

Day 7 Treats

On this lovely Friday, the tea is a delightful black tea with spearmint. Well, really just a hint of spearmint. But adding a little honey. Mmm mmm mmm. I’m really digging my honey straws right now.

Nana Tea – Black Tea with Spearmint

My parents got a tea with pumpkin spice flavor. My mom was dubious, but my dad just did not approve. That’s ok. I think they’re have fun sharing the experience and the variety of teas.

The yarn is Peace on Earth, a bright green speckle. Oooooh, I just love these speckles. Just look! Isn’t it pretty?! The last few days, I’ve just had the TV on in the backround of the pictures. Tonight it occurred to me that I could turn on the fireplace app I have on the AppleTV and have a lovely fire in the background. It’s not bad. At least it makes a change.

Day 7 Yarn – Felicity Yarn Studio –
Close up on Peace on Earth

I’ve been enjoying showing off my collection of Christmas mugs. So far I have been rotating through my favorites, but I may have to dip deeper into the box. The mug tonight is a mug my husband found for me on eBay a couple of years ago. When I was kid, x number of years ago, we had this in Christmas mug collection at my parents house. Sadly, at some point in the last decade it got broken. It had cartoon drawings of various animals under the music and words “Wee fish ewe a mare e-greats moose panda hippo gnu deer!” As a kid this just cracked me up. It made me happy. I was sad when I heard that the cup had gotten broken, so my wonderful husband searched on e-Bay and found a replacement! I think he might be a keeper. 😻

One of my favorites!

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thank you for listening. We’ll talk again tomorrow.

Advent Day 6

Happy Day 6!

Happy Day 6! Is everyone having a good day? It’s Thursday, which is lab day for me. My Pre-Calculus students were working on Final Exam review packets. They are tired. They are ready for the end of the term if not the final. I love lab days. I get to interact with the students in a more casual manner than the regular classroom. They get to work collaboratively and I love listening to their discussions. It makes for a nice day. Ok, enough about school, time for treats.

Day 6 Treats

Today’s tea (courtesy of Blue Moonstone Designs) is a new to me brand called Hyley’s. It was a lovely green tea with lemon. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Day 6 Tea – Green Tea with Lemon

Yarn today (courtesy of Felicity Yarn Studio) is more speckles. (If you haven’t guessed, I chose this calendar because I love speckles.). It called O’ Christmas Tree. I even had a little helper to take some pictures. It has been labeled and tucked into the Tub O’ Yarn.

Day 6 Yarn
Close up on O’ Christmas Tree

Of course, the model was worn out after the photo shoot and was forced to take a nap on my knee.

My little helper Leonard.
All tuckered out.

Thank you for listening, we’ll speak again tomorrow.

Advent Day 5

Day 5 – Tea Advent Calendar from Blue Moonstone Designs

Happy Day 5 everyone! It’s Wednesday! Woohoo! We’re halfway through! I think we’re going to make it! It’s been a fun week for me in my Math History course. The students are doing presentations. So far we’ve had two looks at the history of Chinese Mathematics. We’ve looked at Euclid and Euler and the Greek Mathematician Thales of Miletus. We’ve seen a slick method for approximating a square root from the Chinese and the development of Euler’s formula and a method for finding the height of a pyramid. It’s been exciting. Yet to come we have on Thales and the Mathematics in Native American Beading. Interestingly, we will see symmetry and proportions from both. It’s going to be a great Friday!

Now on to today’s treats! Tea and yarn!

Day 5 Treats

Yarn today (brought to us by Felicity Yarn Studio) is Grandma got run over by a reindeer. A lovely light green speckle.

Grandma got run over by a reindeer

Tea today (brought to us by Blue Moonstone Designs) is Red Goji Raspberry by Lipton’s. It was a little tart. Adding my honey stick helped. Mom’s tea today was English Breakfast. I’m enjoying trying these different teas. And I think my parents are having fun too. And that makes me happy.

Red Gogi Raspberry

Yarn has gone into the Tub O’ yarn and I’ve finished my tea. Now, I need to work on some other Christmas crafting.

Tub O’ Yarn

Thank you for listening, we’ll talk again tomorrow.

Advent Day 4

Day 4 – Tea Advent Calendar from Blue Moonstone Designs

Happy Day 4. I hope you have had a lovely Tuesday. We started the day with a little snow. And then just a chilly day. It was quite the long day at work. My husband had a meeting that lasted until nearly 7pm. I informed him we were getting take out on our way home. So…Arby’s to the rescue. I had a lovely Brisket sandwich and he had a turkey BLT. Frankly, I’m already hungry again. But it was tasty and I didn’t have to cook after we got home. Although, I did have to put my sandwich down to go feed the cats. I didn’t pay attention to the time and we were hungry so we pretty much sat down and started eating. I was immediately surrounded by two cats. Each very determined to get at my sandwich. And yes, my cats like people food. But they are not usually so aggressive. That’s when I looked at my watch and realized it was past their supper time. So I got up and fed them supper and then resumed my own supper. Now I get to open my treats for today.

Tea for today, is from Red Rose. It is Blueberry Muffin. When pouring in the hot water, you could totally smell the muffin. I added a little honey. Totally blueberry muffin.

Blueberry Muffin Tea – Red Rose Tea

Yarn for today was a lovely light green speckle called Mistletoe.

Yarn from Felicity Yarn Studio

I’ve also cleaned out a plastic tub and I’m using it to keep my mini-skeins. I think it’ll work. I like being able to see the skeins. They’re pretty and I just want to stare at them. I love having color around me.

Tub O’ Yarn

Thank you for listening. We’ll talk again soon.

Advent Day 3

December 3 – Missouri Conservationist Calendar

Happy Monday …I mean Day 3! Well, happy Monday too. I hope everyone successfully navigated their Monday.

I am happy to be home. It was a Monday. Which means I had issues writing the words I was actually saying correctly on the board. At least I got a chuckle from my students. By my 2:25 class, my brain was tired and kept telling me it was already Wednesday. I would then correct myself and then repeat that it was Wednesday. Another chuckle. I’m glad I can be there to lighten up a Monday for my students.

Alright, now, to the important stuff. Today’s tea was Green – Spearmint from Wissotzky Tea. It was quite delightful. It was just a hint of spearmint. It was a lovely post-supper beverage. My sister had Lemon Cake tea and my mom had a Twinings Lapsang Souchong tea. My dad was somewhat dubious of the Lemon Cake tea.

Day 3 – Mrs. Claus

The yarn for today is multi-speckle called Mrs. Claus. It is just scrumptious. I love mini-skeins.

Close up on Mrs. Claus

One last item for today. I’m including a picture of Leonard laying on the Granny Square blanket he had pulled out of the basket on the floor on the side of the bed. He’s looking up at me as if he has done nothing wrong whatsoever. How can you be unhappy with that little face?

Leonard and Blanket – quite the pair!

Advent Day 2

Advent Day 2

Today’s tea was Mango & Passion Fruit. It was a lovely herbal tea. I enjoyed it this afternoon as part of an afternoon break.

Day 2 Tead

Today”s yarn is a gorgeous blue called Blue Christmas. I know it’s only day 2, but I am really loving the speckled yarn. I’m starting to want to use this for something other than the granny square afghan. May be a light weight scarf? A shawl? Something that really lets the speckles come out.

Day 2 Yarn (Tea and yarn is a lovely combination!)

Also, there was a charming (no pun intended) stitch marker attached to today’s yarn. It is a Christmas tree light bulb charm on a lobster claw clasp. It will make a fun progress marker. In fact I am currently working on a pair of socks in the Holly King color way from Llady Llama Fiber Co. I think I will put it on these. I’m past the placement of the waste yarn for the heel on the second sock on this pair of socks. Love this yarn and I love this color way. I will write more about this WIP in a later post.

Holly King Socks from Llady Llama Fiber Co.

Today has been a wonderful Sunday. I’ve gotten to experiment with some ideas for family presents for Christmas. I was inspired by Pinterest. Ahhhhh…. How dangerous is that? But so far it’s going well. I’ve gotten to enjoy crafting today and spending some time feeling more relaxed than I have in a while. Tomorrow of course, is Monday, and the start of the last week of classes for this term. It’s going to be busy. So I do want to get as much done today as possible. But maybe I can use crafting as motivation for getting school work done. I will have pictures after Christmas of today’s crafting.

Happy Day 2. We’ll talk again tomorrow.