Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year/It's the Year of the Chicken!

Chinese Zodiac Dog 2017 Prediction for Chicken Year Chinese Horoscope
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 are Years of Dog
Today marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.  This is China's biggest and most celebrated holiday.  This is the Year of the Chicken.  Every year I look to the Chinese Fortune Calendar  for an in-depth look at what my fortune for this year will hold. This is the only time I will read this fortune until the last few days of December when I will re-read it to see how accurate it was.  (It's been very accurate in years past).  I was born in 1958, my Zodiac Animal is the Dog. Following is my fortune (and anyone else who was born in Dog years).
2017 Year of Chicken

2017 is the year of the Chicken. Chicken pursues perfection, romance, and beauty. Chicken doesn't have any ambitions and quite enjoys an easy life. Dog has a good sense of smell, and is a very alert and vigilant animal. It can make correct decisions based on the circumstances. Dog is straightforward, loyal, and brave. Therefore, it has a strong sense of responsibility. Dog can act as a good safety guard for Chicken. As thanks, the chicken will reward Dog.
Chicken is connected to the season of fall. This is the time of harvest. Chicken is also related to the time period between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., which is dinner time. Therefore, Chicken is connected to food, fruit, and joyful times. Dog is connected to the earth, hills, and mountains. When Dog meets Chicken, they are a sign of fruits on the ground. Fruits imply wealth. However, fruits on the ground will rot later, which implies a chance of money loss. Chicken's fruits are ready to serve. When Chicken meets dog, the fruit will become overripe very soon.
According to Chinese horoscopes, Dog contains mainly Earth and Chicken contains only Metal. Earth is the mother element of Metal. Dog can provide protection, education, energy, and shelter for Chicken. Metal is the child element of Earth. Chicken is connected to gold, jewelry, and precious gems. Chicken can bring Dog satisfaction, wealth, and happiness.
Chinese Zodiac Dog vs. 2017 Year of Chicken
2017 is the Year of Red Chicken. You were born in the Year of Dog. The following is the Red Chicken year prediction for people born in year of Dog.
When Dog meets Chicken, Dog will happily receive its wealth and make donations.
Career: Wood is connected to Dog's career. There is no strong career sign in Chicken. But Chicken brings money-making opportunity to you. Dog is a mountain. Chicken is also connected to fog. When fog flows into the mountains, it will stop and stay in the valley. The long-lasting fog will bewilder the mountain. That means Chicken will confuse you, and it may be difficult to prioritize and make decisions. If you are already busy in your current position, then don't volunteer to take on more responsibilities. If you are a company owner, then this is not a good time to expand your business.
Job Change: If you have a chance to receive a promotion or a new job offer, then you should skip the opportunity. You cannot deliver perfect results in the near future. It will take a long development cycle to see your best outstanding achievements.
Wealth: Water is connected to money for Dog. Chicken brings many money-making ideas. Snake can help you to bring in extra income in the cycle of Chicken. This is because the Male Fire of Snake and the Female Metal of Chicken have an attraction relationship into Water. Using social networks well can bring you money opportunities.
The mountain of Dog can absorb water very quickly. The money opportunity won't last too long. When the opportunity disappears, you will need to wait for another cycle. Risky investment will cause money loss.
Love: Dog contains mainly Earth, also some Metal and Fire. Dog and Chicken have a little attraction relationship related to Metal. Therefore, they can get along well as good neighbors. But the Fire of Dog puts pressure on the Metal of Chicken. If you are looking for your love, then you must not be too aggressive when approaching new friends. If you are in love, then you need some patience to build a deeper relationship. Do not push your lover for giving you too much love and time. If you are married, then your love relationship is stable. You can focus on your career development or money investment.
Social Circle: Your social relationships are okay. Your new or old friends will bring you joyful moments during the Chicken cycle. But if you focus too much on your own expression or performance and forget other's feelings, then Chicken might feel pressure from you and will want to keep its distance.
Quarrel: If you have an argument, dispute, or lawsuit with someone, then you probably cannot win the case. Processing the dispute will take a long time. It's better to negotiate a truce for peace.
Health: Chicken is related to unhealthy air. Watch out for problems with the nose, bronchus, throat, lungs, and other respiratory system issues. You should increase outdoor activities on sunny days. You can go lakes, riverside, or beaches often to get more fresh air. If you feel any unusual pain or sickness, then you must have a close examination to make sure it's nothing tumor related.

General Fortune: Dog is the time after sunset. Chicken is the time of rest. Dog and Chicken together means it's a time to relax and enjoy your food and life.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This Past Weekend. . .

Our little guy had a bad sprain over the weekend.  We spent Sunday at the ER.  He had gotten hurt at the park, but walked fine, played all day and evening Saturday with his uncles (ages 7 and 9) and seemed a-okay.  When we woke the next morning he couldn't put any weight on his left foot.  I'm not one to fool around, it was off to the ER for us.  One X-ray and a blue Pediasure Pop later, we were assured it was a sprain.  Elliot was given a dose of Tylenol and a little shoe/boot tied to his foot for support.

We settled in at home, I think most of us napped (what is it about hospital visits that just wear you out??).  Mister brought over pizzas for a little pre-game before the Steelers took on the Patriots.   Somewhere in the second quarter, a little voice asked if we could please watch Monsters University, It's like he knew.

By bedtime, our little guy was up and walking like nothing ever happened. The wonders of naps, Tylenol and animated movies.

Sad loss for the Steelers.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Off the Hook

My Granddaughter asked me to crochet a Caterpillar outfit for her new baby.  So I did.
You can find instructions for a basic baby sack and baby hat at Yarnspirations and/or Red Heart.  A change of yarn color to black and yellow and the above becomes a darling bumblebee outfit (hmm, that could just be my next crochet project).
You can also google "crochet caterpillar pattern."  It's amazing how many versions there are and how many wonderful people are kind enough to share their pattern instructions.
What's on your hook?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This Past Weekend...

The past two weekends K and Amelia have gone to Doug's house leaving Elliot and I to play, play and play some more.
First we took a card table and made a "tent," which Elliot even napped in.  He was more excited to build a train track and play on top of the "tent."
We watched "Finding Dory" and "Monster, Inc." too many times to count.  We finally got out of the house for an afternoon with my Mom at Barnes & Noble.  Elliot picked a new game (can't remember the name) but it's a maze game.  It takes me about 20 minutes or more to build a maze, and seconds for him to go from start to finish. Not the way it's originally played, that would be too hard, so we adapted the play.  His current favorite game is Funny Bunny.  We played that lots of times, too.

I love the weekends and spending time with family.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Introducing Amelia

Sweet Amelia Violet
Very early New Year’s morn, we welcomed a wee little bundle of joy into our family, a new baby girl, Amelia Violet.  At just 5’1”, 18”, she is a tiny one, but oh, so bright eyed, with strong voice and even stronger presence.  Congrats to K and D and big brother E.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Looking forward to....

Elliot was such a joy this past Christmas that I am finding myself totally excited for the next holiday we will celebrate.  When I should be devoting 100% of my time working on a brief (legal doc), my thoughts keep drifting to valentines, paper cones, dipping chocolate, Easter baskets, yellow peeps and jelly beans. Quick peeks at Pinterest have me anticipating the bus ride home when I can pour over the many wonderful crafts, mouth-watering recipes, inspirational quotes and entertaining ideas and lovely tablescapes, may of which will be pinned onto my holiday boards.  Being in such a creative mood lately, I am beyond excited to see so many adorable crocheted baskets, hearts, lambs, and egg cozies.  What a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn.  This upcoming weekend, I am looking forward to spending time with Elliot, decluttering my room (VVA will be picking up donations on Wednesday), finishing the book I am reading, making progress on Amelia's sweater (introduction to Amelia forthcoming), and catching up on the laundry, if there is such a thing!
Whatever you are looking forward to this weekend, enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Happy blog-a-versary to Outline of Life.  It's been eleven wonderful years!  This blog has seen me through my paper scrapbooking years when I was fairly new on the scene, joining Boards, and circle journals, entering scrap contests and going to crops.  

It’s been through many weight losses and gains.  

My sister’s passing into Heaven.  

So many births, first words, first steps.  

So many highs, so many lows.  

I still have not found my "niche", rather I just write about what I am interested in, my likes, and dislikes, the everyday, how I want to be organized, how I love tradition, there is no single theme (I am all over the place), but it’s honest, it’s my story and it’s all good.  Not too many posts were planned, especially those in the early days, they detail what was happening then, what my thoughts were, how my days were spent.  

There is so much history in this blog.  Most of my grandchildren's lives (many from day 1) are documented here.  So many changes to the house.  Lots of Holidays and many, many birthdays.  So many memories.  It is so awesome to be able to look back and see where I’ve been, what I’ve learned, how I’ve grown.  How my family has grown.  

I adore this blog. It’s my diary, my holder of thoughts, ideas, hopes and memories.  I will continue my journey in this life through this blog and leave behind a small part of me, though my written words, for my grandchildren and their children.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


My One Little Word for 2017 is:


For more information on "One Little Word," go here

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! and I Miss You!

I miss you when something really good happens because you are the one I want to share it with.

I miss you when something troubles me, because you are the one who understands me well.

I miss you when I laugh and when I cry, because you are the one who makes the laughter grow and the tears disappear.

I miss you.  
Happy Birthday Cathy!