Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Magic!

Another magical event was held at The Net Loft (our local yarn store) last night! 
Dotty, LYS owner, does so much to promote local talent ... she has hosted a "reveal party" for each release of Anna's Skeins in the Stacks hand dyed yarns! 
Dotty used her "magic" to add special touches to the evening ... all inspired by the theme behind Anna's yarn!  Local culinary artist, Casey made the beautiful and tasty cookies!  Casey is another amazing talent in our community!
Anna is a local librarian ... all of her colorways are inspired by her favorite books!
This release was inspired In My Heart, by Molly Bang.  I was unfamiliar with this book and enjoyed giving it a quick read last night!  It is lovely ... every family needs a copy!
The table was beautiful ... the cookies were delicious ... and the yarn made us swoon!
Each skein was dyed individually ... no two are alike!
Anna likes to include a knitting charm/marker with each skein ... and of course they always relate directly with the book she is highlighting!  Little Valentine cookie charms ... handmade by The Nome Knitter are included!  So sweet ... and calorie free!
Anna knit the little three heart garland ... pattern is free and can be found here! So very precious!
The weather was miserable, but that didn't keep knitters away from this event!  It was standing room only as Dotty shared shop updates and Anna shared her yarn! 
I came home with this treasure ... and the magic lives on this morning!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Freeze/Thaw & UFOs!

In coastal Alaska, winters are primarily a cycle of freezing and thawing! 
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Last week we experienced a seven day freeze cycle ... and dang ... we spent most of the week in Anchorage.  We were anxious to get home ... clear, cold weather is something to celebrate in my remote corner of the planet. 
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Nissa and I enjoy the freezing temps ... I dress for it and we spend time outdoors soaking up the daylight and basking in the arms of Mother Nature.  And if we have a bit of snow on the ground ... that truly feels like frosting on the cake!
Readers know that I got a head start on a bit of UFO (unfinished object) busting in late December, details are in this post.  It felt good to finish this charm square table topper from 2010!  It is on the dining room table!
In the spirit of finishing UFOs ... on Monday I placed a knitting UFO on it as a centerpiece!  My thinking was that if it is on the table ... I will be more likely to pick it up when I have a few minutes ... and knit!
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The forecast for later in the week warned us that a thaw cycle was due to arrive on Tuesday ... so we did not let the cold and sun of Monday go to waste.
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The coming warmth will mean that the ponds will turn to mush and the snow to ice ... we went out the road to enjoy the pristine winter conditions while they were available!
1.6.2018
As predicted, the thaw came yesterday!  Rain and 40 degree temperatures!  And yes ... our snow has turned to ice!   Flicka doesn't care about the weather ... she is happy to find wool to snuggle with!  Cutest centerpiece ever!  In my very humble dillydally opinion! 
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So far ... having this UFO out and on the table is working!  I enjoyed early morning knitting with my coffee this morning!  A wonderful way to begin a wet and dreary day ... dillydallying indoors!  I need to get a few indoor chores done, so this warm cycle is ok with me.  Another freeze cycle will eventually return and then out the door we will go!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally
1.5.2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Iceworm Festival 2018

It is a fact ... I love and appreciate my community!  I am proud to be a Cordovan and make no apologies for unabashedly declaring my appreciation for where I live! 
We just spent the past week celebrating our annual Iceworm Festival!  The theme this year was, Aloha Iceworm!
The week was filled with events ... one of my favorites is the Survival Suit Race!  Teams are timed while they put on survival suits, dive in and swim to a life raft!  Love this ... as it represents our lifestyle here on Prince William Sound.
For me ... the festival is all about Cordova's children!  I love the way our community values its children ... and it is especially evident during the Iceworm Parade!  Here the girls basketball team carries the parade banner!
Float built annually by one of our local daycare centers!  Such a valuable part of our community!
The cheerleading squad displays the festival theme for 2018!
A "school" of Cordova's "small fry"!  Melts my heart ... Cordova cuteness ... so sweet!
More kids ... celebrating our version of winter fun!
Miss Iceworm and her court ride atop the fire truck! 
The DillyDally children have grown ... Mr. and I shared the parade with a friend!  Baby Iceworm poses for pictures with adults too!
The star of the parade is our big Iceworm!  His many legs belong to Cordova's children! 
Communities everywhere find unique ways to celebrate and define their identity ... here is a glimpse of how we accomplish that here in my remote corner of the planet!

Do what you love!  Celebrate your community!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Friday, February 2, 2018

Home is Best!

On Sunday, Mr. DD and I flew to Anchorage.
We have to visit Anchorage for many of the medical, eye and dental services that aren't available in our remote corner of the planet.  We pack these trips full of shopping and fun too!
Simple pleasures ... a morning paper, coffee and knitting over breakfast ... a lovely way to begin busy days!
And we end the hectic days with a cocktail and dinner ... oh my golly ... a taste of luxury!
But after four days ... we are relieved to head home!  The weather was clear and cold all week ... true Alaska winter weather!
The view on the flight home was stunning ... flying over the ice fields of the Chugach Mountains.
Prince William Sound ... headed east ...
... to our remote corner of the planet ... Cordova, Alaska!
Mt. Eyak
Eyak Lake
Approaching the runway ...
... and home by sunset!  The DillyDally furbabies welcomed us home with loads of affection!  Time in the "big city" is nice, but being home is best! 

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Finding Calm

Monday was a very typical day here in my remote corner of the planet. 
Everyone was busy going about their business ... I spent the day teaching.  After the work day, there were basketball games to watch, dinner to prepare ... all the usual weekday evening activities.  We went to bed around 11:30, a bit of reading and then lights out.  Mr. DD and I were obviously in a deep sleep ... neither of us felt the earthquake (details found here) or heard the landline phone ring.  It wasn't until the sirens began that we started waking up.  Our neighbors called to let us know that there was an order to evacuate.  It was time to move!  Quickly!  Brother and Girlfriend live above the Tsunami Undulation Line ... that became our destination.

While we slept soundly through the quake, the furbabies did not.  It was obvious that they were alarmed.  When dogs are frightened they stick to their humans like velcro ... cats, not so much!  Flicka refused to come with us, we could not coax her out of hiding ... it tore my heart out to leave her behind.

It was nearly 1:00 am when we headed up the hill.  There were traffic jams at several intersections in town as everyone was making their way to higher ground.  Wet snow was falling ... it was slippery ... cars were having difficulty ... a real mess.  We decided that we could get to our destination faster by walking the remainder of the way ... so we parked the car and walked up the hill! 

We were happy to be with family ... the dogs were thrilled that we were having a "pack party" in the middle of the night!  The "All Clear" was announced around 4:00 am.  We were anxious to get home for all the obvious reasons, but especially to check on Flicka.  We found her snuggled sweetly on our bed! She couldn't understand our concern and appeared perturbed when we crawled into bed and disturbed her sleep!  Silly Kitty!   
The morning after ... 10:00 am ... 1/23/2018
School started late today ... a chance for everyone to get a bit of sleep.  I spent the morning enjoying the calm ... and worked to reclaim some normalcy.
Sunset ... 4:15 pm ... 1/23/2018
There is comfort in routine ... everyone enjoyed the return of "business as usual" today!  We are embracing the calm!

Do what you love!  Celebrate the calm!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Twilight Walk

Our days are still very short and  even though we are gaining minutes of daylight every day, it takes a while for them to add up and make a noticeable difference.
We have had a couple weeks of warm temperatures (in the 40s) with incessant rain and a lot of wind.  Today after school, I looked out of the classroom window and saw that the rain had stopped and the clouds were leaving!  It was after 4:00 ... I immediately decided to drop what I was doing, grabbed my coat, and locked the classroom door!  The sun was setting ... so I quickly grabbed the dogs ... and off to the lake we went!
It was getting dark quickly.  Although our walk was short it felt so good to get outside!  I love the colors generated by twilight conditions.  Such a wonderful way to end the day ... dillydallying in the twilight!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Content of Character

For me,  ever since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established, it has been a day for quiet contemplation.

I taught an upper high school Comtempory Literature class for many years.  We would always read, view, and discuss MLK's "I have a Dream" speech.  Such a powerful and timeless message.

"I have a dream that my four little children
will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King Jr.

In the last few years, I have been concerned about the disrespectful and uncivil behavior that has become commonplace and acceptable in our culture.  It is disheartening ... sometimes it even allows an optimistic person like myself to feel hopeless. 

And then today ... this happened ... it was the beginning of the senior high lunch period ... the halls were crowded ... and everyone was in a hurry.  One of the teachers was carrying his lunch down the hall when it was knocked out of his hands.  His lunch landed upside down ... on the floor ... and everyone rushed around him as he tried to pick up the mess.  Two young men ... not involved in the incident ... stopped ... and asked if they could help.  One got down to assist while the other ran to get some paper towels.  They stayed and helped until it was entirely picked up ... missing a portion of their lunch period.  Their response to help was authentic and sincere.

There is kindness.  There are respectful people.  Civility can remain the norm.  The actions of these two adolescents revealed the content of their character.  My hope is restored.


Do what you love!  Remain hopeful!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally