A New Record Even For Me

Well, isn’t this special? 2 days and I’m already off track. Whoopsie! So I’m going to back date some stuff, since I have things that should have gone up on certain days, and hope that no one notices (or cares). Y’all won’t tell, right?

Look! Shiny things!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
aka OMG What A Slacker Fish


Once More Unto the Breach… (1 of 30)

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” Ah, Henry V. How I love this play. It’s really my favorite, I think, of all the Shakespeare plays. This, the St. Crispin’s Day speech, at the end when Henry begs Katharine to love him, the man, as well as the King? Excellent romance writing right there. I also love Richard III. Winters of discontent and Kingdoms for horses.  Hmm. It appears I’m an Historical guppy. Who knew?


I’ve been encouraged (loudly) by a number of friends to WRITE MORE, DAMN IT! It appears I have some friends who believe I’m wasting my talents. LOL. I never got into the habit of writing regularly, because, well, I never thought I was that good at it. Sure, I can string sentences together well, and write essays and that sort of thing, but creating something from scratch? I’m just not that creative. LOL. It has been pointed out to me (again, loudly) that I can write, and write often without writing fiction. Oddly that never really occurred to me. LOL And in these days of 140-character tweets and expansive blogs, both of which I’ve used for years, I’m not sure why it didn’t.

So, without any further ado, and with my friends shoving me off the cliff while cheering me on, here we go again. Once more it is NaNoWriMo* November, and so once more I’m going to try for NaBloPoMo.** Last year I did 16 posts during the month of November, which I think is a record for me. I’m hoping to beat it, especially as I’m going to spend today playing with ideas.

WARNING! There may be Mom Stories this month as her birthday is Sunday, and some talk about my grief, too, but I’ll try to not be too much of a little black cloud.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
aka A *gulp* Writing Guppy

*NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. Write like a demon for a month, and at the end of the month, good or bad, you have a first draft of a full-length novel. IOW Crazysauce with a side of OMG What Did I DO?! for writers.

**NaBloPoMo = National Blog Writing Month. A blog post a day for the entire month of November. IOW crazy town for bloggers.


Day 9: Not Fit For Company

Today’s day 9, and I’m tired, cranky, and NOBODY wants to hear what I have to say right now. So I will spare you all, and I am taking myself off to bed with Innocent In Death, my Kindle, and the cat. I will be back tomorrow hopefully more myself.

In the meantime…have y’all seen the Sesame Street Google Doodles this week? Very cute. While I’m a big fan of Oscar, The Count’s Doodle was the most creative.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 8: A Wedding

One of my pals, Emma, is getting married in two weeks! It’s sudden, in that she didn’t expect to be getting married quite this quickly, but it’s a long time coming, in that she and her Soon-to-be-DH Tony have been together for quite a while.

They’re getting married in Vegas, and I’ll be going. I’m kind of excited. LOL I haven’t been to Vegas since I was about 13, and I hear it’s changed a little bit since then. LOL. Two of my friends might be going with me, and it’ll be a fun, quick girl’s weekend if they can both make it. I hope they can.

Any suggestions for things to do/see in Vegas if you’re only going to be there for 2 days?

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 7: …Vs. Girl


So yesterday was the “boy” version of the Easy-Peasy Baby Sweater, as I call it. No, I can’t tell you where to get it, because all The Fabulous Anita had was a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a… and the name/source of the pattern has been lost. Buttons once again purchased at JoAnn’s. There’s also a lavender version of this button I couldn’t resist.


Now, the only changes I made were to knit it in Stockinette with a 3-stitch Garter edging all around, and to crochet a row of Berocco Plush around the edge. That’s it. Other than that, it’s the exact same pattern, made the same size, with the same yarn (Cascade 220 Superwash). Because the pattern is asymmetrical, and it’s knit as one piece, I knit it so the buttons were the correct way for girls vs. boys.

Here’s the Girly Version (Ravel It!)


Cute, huh? The mom loves it, and has told me she can’t wait for this little girl to try it on. She says she keeps holding the sweater up to Baby to see if Baby’s big enough yet. LOL. When I have pictures of the baby IN the sweater, I’ll share them.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 6: Boy…


A friend of the family was having a baby, and I thought perfect! I’ll make a little boy sweater. I love making baby stuff, because it lets me make sweaters and feel like a fancy pants knitter without making my-sized sweaters, which would take considerably longer.

My knitting teacher, The Fabulous Anita (she teaches at Pearl’s), pointed me towards a baby sweater pattern that’s her go-to pattern. It knits up quick, in worsted weight yarn, and you can make a ton of modifications to it.


Since it was for a little boy, I decided to do it in Garter stitch. And I found these great little buttons at JoAnn’s, of all places. And of course I bought extra to have on hand. Never know when you’ll have a Button Emergency!

Well, I love this pattern. It is now MY go-to baby sweater pattern. It’s fast, simple, and it’s knit in one piece. And by changing somethings as simple as the yarn and the stitch, you can make it look COMPLETELY different. (RAVEL it!)


Unfortunately, I was too slow gifting this, and the baby boy outgrew it before he ever got it, so it ended up going to someone else who will love it. And really that’s what matters, right?

Tomorrow I’ll show you the “girl” version.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 4: Happy Birthday!

Today is my mother’s birthday. How did she celebrate? At home surrounded by family? No. Out with friends for a great party? No. Off to the spa for a relaxing massage? Nope.

She spent it leaving the house at the crack of dawn to catch an 8:00 a.m. flight to New York for business.

So here’s a long-distance Happy Birthday, Mom! Your presents are here waiting for you.

And so are your cats.

Your Lady Jane,
aka Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 3: One Year Later (Sort of)

A year ago tomorrow my mother turned 60. Also a year ago, I voted for President and got to see my country elect its first African-American.

Just a few months later, I used one of my vacation days and stayed home on Inauguration Day and watched history be made. And while watching (in between naps during the downtime *grin*) I knit a scarf.


When I showed my mom this yarn back when I bought it, I got her patented “What the HECK were you THINKING?!” look. Everyone I showed the yarn to thought it was VERY VERY unlike me. And it kind of was. I’m not usually known for my flashy yarn stash. LOL. But I saw someone knitting this scarf at one of my LYSs and I fell in love with it. I love all the blues and all the texture.


And I still love this yarn. It’s more like a boa than a scarf, but it’s really long, and really skinny, and I love just looping it around my neck when I ‘m wearing jeans. Looks great.


…Now if I can just keep my coworkers from stealing it…

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Day 2: Random Thoughts

Friday was Halloween, and yes…I dressed up for work. Well, down at any rate. LOL. I went to work in my pajamas and loved it. Did anyone else dress in costume? Or am I the only freak?

I’m still plugging away on my Secret Garden shawl (Ravel it!) but I’m getting a bit discouraged. I’m on the final clue, and I started the first pattern row of Clue 5. Got halfway around a 700+ stitch round and realized I was doing it wrong. So I tinked it all back. Started the pattern row again. Got halfway around a 700+ stitch round and realized I didn’t do the two plain knit rows the pattern calls for. Tinked it back. Knit the two plain rounds. Got halfway around a 700+ stitch round and realized I started the round in the wrong place and needed to shift my stitch markers. Tinked it back. Moved my round marker. Started the pattern row AGAIN. Got halfway around a 700+ stitch round and realized (once again!) that I screwed up the last time, and if I had left the markers in where I had them after the knit rounds I WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE. *sigh* Guess what I get to go home and do?

How did it get to be November? I mean really…It’s 90 degrees here. Where’s the cold? Where’s the rain????  Where’s the darn wind?!?!?!?!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks