Searching For the Elusive…


I have been searching (and searching…) online for this elusive item, this past week.

Why is a simple, basic sweater like this so hard to find?

I couldn’t even find the right style in a different color, to include a photo with this post.

So here are my must-haves for the perfect black “turtle ;-)

  1. Fitted, not sloppy looking, with a fitted neck, no cowls.
  2. Preferably a cotton or other natural blend fabric.
  3. Ribbed texture throughout.
  4. Reasonably priced, not over $40.
  5. True black, not mixed colors, marled…
  6. Not too thick but not thin either, medium weight.
  7. Free or reasonable shipping charges.

If you happen to note this kind of pullover sweater online and it is at a site that ships to Canada, please let me know.

I can’t believe I am the only woman searching for a black, ribbed turtleneck right now.

And I can’t believe that I haven’t been able to find what was always considered a winter wardrobe basic, especially here in Canada. :-(


10 Under $20: Holiday Gift Suggestion List 2015 :-)

first of
brought thoughts
of Christmas magic.
The Day, so soon to arrive.
Our expectations ran high.
Through snow days and blizzards.
Making a list and checking it twice.
Santa’s letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking: heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Finally, homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the bliss to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited, special treasures.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Off to sleep, to dream of a perfect snowy Christmas Day.
Now content, to still remember these childhood memories.
November day.


This is a Christmas-themed poem that I wrote, several years ago.
These lines still conjure up some wonderful holiday memories for me, from long ago. I hope you enjoy it too. ;-)


My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.

                TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)

TCM: Hitchcock Thrillers DVD

A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!


The Power of Reiki

One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read! 

Down & Dirty (gardening book)

My all-time fav gardening book.

Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! ;-)

Crafting with Cat Hair  >^^<

A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title! 

Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too! 

Seven Year Pen - Bee Happy

The Seven Year Pen

Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! :-)

Check out our Green Gifts Guide for tons of eco-friendly seed paper gift ideas for the season.

Botanical Paperworks

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!

Larry Payne's Prime of Life Yoga- Immune Booster and General Conditioning - Level One

Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga DVDs

Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone! 

Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot

Badger Sleep Balm

Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. ;-)

Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish Kit

My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.


♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥ 

Healthy November: Wheat Free Recipes


Don’t these look delish? ;-)

I’m not gluten-intolerant but I know a LOT of people are.

Happy (Gluten-Free) Cooking! G

Originally posted on The Inspiration Magazine:

Wheat Free RecipesMorning! Yesterday I posted about this book that I read recently about wheat and how it has negative side effects if you consume it on a daily basis. So I thought would be great to share these wheat free recipe ideas! You can find all the recipes in my Pinterest “Wheat Free Recipes” folder.

1.Flatbread made from coconut flour

2.Extremely Easy Gluten Free Cornbread

3.Grain Free Paleo Recipes

4.Flourless Banana Bread Muffins

5.Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

6.Zucchini Fritters

7.Gluten Free Recipes to Satisfy Carb Craving

8.No Wheat Pizza Recipes

9.The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe




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Sharing A Few Free Goodies Today


Some free knit goodies to share, this time courtesy of:

Peacefully Knitting & More,

one of my new, regular blog stops via my WP Reader.

I ♥ GOOD freebies. ;-)

Some excellent designer patterns available for fall and winter! Gift ideas too.

Originally posted on Peacefully Knitting & More:

As you know, I love knitting socks and I think a few of you who follow me love knitting them too.  Did you know that the Sarah Hatton sock collection can be downloaded free directly from the Rowan Yarn website?  This collection features six designs, but these two are my favorite!

I personally love this toe up pattern called Verbena.  This is a simple sock that uses a lace motif worked down the front.

If you like color work, this simple piece would be fun to make.  Potager is worked cuff down and features slip stitch patterning, with contrast heels and toes.

I would LOVE to make these some day! The Snowflake socks feature a ribbed cuff and toe, with a fair isle snowflake design.  This a free pattern and is part of the DC and Tutor competition, and created by Frederica Patmore.

If you think you might want to knit a poncho…

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Another Free Knit Kit Contest But Enter SOON!!! ;-)

There’s nothing like a pair of toasty slippers to warm up with at the end of cool,fall day! ;-)

I just noted this new knit kit contest for these slippers today. Aren’t they cute? 

Enter now though, the contest closes in 4 days. You can enter here.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting! ;-)

What Is The BEST/EASIEST Way to Add a Button Band to a Cardigan?

If you’re an expert knitter, I’m all ears!!! ;-)

Walk in the Park Cardi

I’ve been knitting for a lot of years and at this point, still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. That’s OK with me though, I have no interest in tackling really complicated projects. I like to relax when I knit and unwind. :-) I don’t want it to be stressful. :-(Yes, I like a bit of challenge but not for the whole project.

And when it comes to finishing sweaters, I sometimes struggle with what works best for those important finishing techniques. And they really CAN “make or break” a project, can’t they?

I am now getting to the end of knitting my first: Walk in the Park Cardie (click to read more about the pattern) which is pictured above and it is looking good.

But now comes the part I haven’t been looking forward to: adding the button/buttonhole band.

As you can see from the pattern, it is a very narrow band on this one and it has a color change too. It is suggested in the pattern to: sew it on as you knit. 

I’m wondering what would be the best way to proceed, to make the neatest finish possible?

I have been looking at YouTube videos and blog posts about this subject, a lot of different ideas out there to consider, re: button/buttonhole bands.

If you have experience with knitting a sweater with a band (especially a narrow one like this sweater has) DO let me know what worked best for you.

Thanks if you can help! ;-)

Happy Knitting! 

Calling all MYWAY email users!


Hope someone can help with this ??? re: MYWAY email service! 

Thanks if you can!!! ;-)

Originally posted on My Poetic Path:

I noted today that theMYWAY websiteis shutting down, as of the first part of December.

I have a few myway email accounts and it’s not clear if they will still be functional, after their main website shuts down.

Any ideas, anyone??? I couldn’t find any more info. about this online. 

What a pain in the a….this is going to be, IF they are shutting down their email service too. :-(

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Nubia: Mice oh Mice such tasty things… *Includes Competition*

Mr. Cheddar was SOOOO excited to read about this cat contest, ;-) shared by his new feline pal: Nubia (what a cutie!) :-)

Stop by to read more and to enter the contest.

Some interesting eco-friendly/upcycled cat toys available and a super grand prize coming up too!

Have a purrrrfect week, Mr. C and G 

Source: Nubia: Mice oh Mice such tasty things… *Includes Competition*

Product Review: Badger Sleep Balm


Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot


Here’s my review:

I’m a big fan of several Badger products, especially their Damascus Rose Face Oil (click to read my review).

But when it came to this Sleep Balm, I must admit, I was a bit skeptical.How nice to find out that it works great! ;-)

I am not a good sleeper on many a night. :-( But when I apply Badger Sleep Balm under my nose (and sometimes a bit on my forehead too) I am relaxed,sleepy and ready to sleep, only a short time later.

It really does help to calm my mind, unwind and fall asleep.Helps me to stay asleep longer too, with a deeper sleep. 

My only (minor) complaint: I wish the scent of lavender was just a bit stronger but that’s a small thing and I’d much rather have a product with less scent than too much. ;-)

An all organic ingredient list and reasonable price are bonuses too!

And I love their pretty, reusable containers; perfect for little gifts too.

If you have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep, give this product a try.


And some additional info. from the Amazon product page:

  • The fragrance of the essential oils in this special balm helps to calm thoughts and clear the mind, allowing sleep to come naturally.
  • There are no drugs in this product – no side-effects to worry about. It is safe and natural.
  • The cute and portable tin makes an ideal travelling companion.

Sweet Dreams! Zzzz…… ;-)

Autumn Hot Drinks


Don’t these look yummy?

What is your fav autumn “warm up” drink?

Mine is hot chocolate with all the fixins’. ;-)

Hope you’re having a great week . Hugs, G

Originally posted on The Inspiration Magazine:

Autumn Hot DrinksHere’s some autumn’s best hot drink ideas & recipes. Pick your favorite!:)

  1. Hot Spiced Apple Wine & Cinnamon and Ginger
  2. Apple & Cranberry Tea
  3. Apple Cider and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
  4. Chili Hot Chocolate
  5. A Nice Mug of Hot Chocolate
  6. Mocha & Cinnamon Latte
  7. Autumn Spiced Apple Tea
  8. Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
  9. Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte

What’s your favorite hot autumn drink?

Have a great day guys!




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