Friday, February 28, 2014


A few months ago one of our regular Wednesday night knitters was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Fortunately they were able to get it all and she is doing very well.  However we felt helpless and didn't know what to do until one of our members found Titbits on Knitty.

Huh?  Well they are knitted prostheses to put into bras so women who have mastectomies can also look balanced or wear a bra with two to feel more 'normal'.  We immediately glommed onto this idea and made quite a few while knitting at Panera's.  When we presented ours to Deb (along with matching undies that we purchased :^)  Remember those Day of the Week undies from when you were little?) she loved them and as soon as she healed a bit started wearing them.

BTW we have modified the pattern a bit, of course.  We found the stone inside made them a bit lopsided and the Icord nipple needed to be quite a bit smaller.  We also went with the one piece option over sewing the back on.

Then Deb spoke to someone at the Cancer Resource Center, in Ithaca, who said they would like to have them there too.  Aimee also contacted them and now our Titbits, in all sizes and colors, are available for free to anyone needing them in our area.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Matt

Today is my incredible son's 45th birthday.  A wonderful milestone in a wonderful life.  He is full of life and the joy of living.  He shares that enthusiasm with whomever he meets.  Matt has always liked living rich and full.
On his first birthday he was treated to his first cupcake and ate it with great abandon. Maybe that was the start.

When he was young he liked cheeses with the most flavor like brie.  As he got a bit older he preferred sandwiches made of dijon mustard, onions and cheese. His zest for life continued with hot sauce, rostifarian interests, para sailing, bungie jumping and other thrilling activities. In the Coast Guard Matt was the one who hung off the ship until planes landed and then jumped back on to place the chocks.
With fatherhood some of these activities channeled themselves into other areas but his joy and zest continued.      
Liz and Matt with Bryan.
He graduated from Berkeley in robotic engineering while being the primary child cartaker.  Liz worked full time and Matt played.  Not really, but he often looks like that's what he is doing even though he accomplishes a great deal of serious business.
Things have quieted down a wee bit what with 3 children, 2 of which are in college already.

However they continue to zoom around on the Delta when the weather is warm,

And they even wear playful hats I knit for them.

Happy 45th my son.

Friday, February 21, 2014

On Being Human

This is something I have been struggling with for a while now.  Reading this answered a lot of my questions.  Hope it is helpful to the few of you who read it.