KNIT ONE PURL TWO...ARGGGGGHHHH!

I am an expert crocheter, thanks to my grandma’s teaching, yet an equally-inept knitter and seamstress, despite my grandma’s teaching.  From a very young age, my grandma was a gifted seamstress, knitter, and crocheter.  (Her dad had been a tailor.  She figured she must have “inherited” her talent from him.)  When...
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Traveling the USA in our RV

In 1997 with my retirement from the Navy approaching, Doug and I wanted to explore our beautiful country by traveling in our motor home.  There were several things required to prepare for this adventure.  Our "stuff" was sorted and important items placed in storage, several garage sales held, the house leased for a year and mail...
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The Drunkard Mouse Of Joburg

The Drunkard Mouse Of Joburg
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   The Drunkard Mouse of Joburg   Thu was keen to visit Kimberly, South Africa, site of the most famous diamond mine in the world. So we arranged to take a vacation in South Africa, with...
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Little Red and The Blue Feather

Little Red and The Blue Feather
One of the gloomy realities that came with my retirement was the economic necessity to give up my beloved little red airplane. Most people knew her (Like ships, all airplanes are of the feminine persuasion) as an AA1A Grumman Trainer - Not me. Once I got to know her and understood...
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25 Year Wedding Anniversary

25 Year Wedding Anniversary
For our 25 year wedding anniversary, I surprised Byron with a trip to Asheville, NC for a two night stay at the Biltmore House. Our anniversary is December 31st. When we arrived, we were treated like royality. We decided we wanted something to eat but not a full meal so we...
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Scuba Diving In The Bubbles Of Jacques Cousteau

Scuba Diving In The Bubbles Of Jacques Cousteau
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Scuba Diving In The Bubbles Of Jacques Cousteau   Despite the horrific loss of life in the earthquake of 12 January 2010, Haiti remains a fascinating place to visit.  Our memories of Haiti predate the...
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My life interest in knitting

Joyce tells us that from the age of 4 she started working with wool.   From Mats for tea pots, knitted squares (which her mother turned into rugs), scarves and baby clothes, Joyce has been a knitter all of her life.
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What I did on my days off work

Margaret tells us that she didn't have many days off while working for her father in 1943, however she and her sister were silver medallist dancers and attended the school dances (even though they had left school). They also went for walks and did a lot of reading. When she joined...
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Amateur Clam Hunters Of Chincoteague Bay

Amateur Clam Hunters Of Chincoteague Bay
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Amateur Clam Hunters Living off the land means more than hunting in the forests for small game; or digging up wild onions; or raiding beehives for honey.  Fishing in streams, ponds and in salt water also...
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Ethiopia Is Enchantingly Beautiful

Ethiopia Is Enchantingly Beautiful
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   E  is for Ethiopia The highlands of Ethiopia are among the most beautiful landscapes on earth.  To see things that way, one must always remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  So,...
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Twenty Nine Crosses and One Dead Cow

I was really reluctant to start the engine in the old car.   You see, I had a big problem.  Actually it was a two-part problem I faced as I sat there next to the gas pump of a C-Store in Tucson.  The first part I couldn’t do anything about because somewhere...
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Neuschanstein Castle Inspires Fairy Tales

Neuschanstein Castle Inspires Fairy Tales
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   On the road… in Germany   Neuschanstein Castle in Bavaria   Visiting Dachau Prison, the site of a World War II concentration camp was on his travel agenda.  So was spending a few hours during...
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Kabul Was Not A Tourist Haven

Kabul Was Not A Tourist Haven
  On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   A is for Afghanistan His urge to visit Afghanistan was precisely as James Michener described in his book "Caravans."  That was many years ago and he has forgotten just what Michener  said in the...
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Andre The Big Game Hunter

Andre The Big Game Hunter
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Andre the Hunter On the road…again! may be the banner adopted by the Footloose Forester that subconsciously reminds him of his years of travel, but as they say, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” This fantastic...
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Bamboo That Was Over 100 Feet Tall

Bamboo That Was Over 100 Feet Tall
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   C was Ceylon   You might say that he was never in Sri Lanka, but he was in Ceylon.  He was never in Kampuchea but was once in the Khmer temples of Cambodia; he never...
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Golf Is Great In The Dominican Republic

Golf Is Great In The Dominican Republic
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Dominican Republic     As a country right next door to Haiti, and occupying about 2/3 of the Island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic was also a pleasure in contrasts.  The Footloose Forester went there...
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Macau Once Belonged To Portugal

Macau Once Belonged To Portugal
  On the road …again!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   M was Macau These fleeting decades after Macau had been absorbed by the People’s Republic of China, one wonders if the map makers made it easier or harder to find that former Portuguese enclave...
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The Acropolis Was On The Bucket List

The Acropolis Was On The Bucket List
  On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   G for Greece Greece was on his bucket list of places to see well before the popular concept of “things to do and things to see before one kicks the bucket” was made into...
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Lemurs And Thieves

Lemurs And Thieves
On the road…again!  Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   M is for Madagascar   Madagascar is so puzzling as a nation that even the people who live there generally acknowledge t hat it would be meaningful to divide up the island into four distinct regions....
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Camping At An Abandoned Gold Mine

Camping At An Abandoned Gold Mine
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Canyon on the Feather River     Of several trips to the large property on the Feather River, one of them turned into a real adventure.  A land owner wanted his square mile of land...
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