Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarning Along- finishing up and starting over...


 "~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"  Ginny at Small Things



  • Make a plan to boost your income. Whether you have always worked full-time or you’ve been stay-at-home mom, the reality is that after divorce, families must muster the new financial realities and time to support two households. This means that your quality of life will decrease, and you need to make more money. How will you do that? Go back to school? Get a promotion? Start a new business, or take on freelance work on the side?
  • Make a plan for where you will live. This may mean paying your current mortgage on your own, downsizing, or relocating to a new city. Your address is a critical element of your life: it affects where your kids go to school, proximity to family support and what your monthly finances will look like.
  • Find out your credit score for free at AnnualCreditReport.com, and make a plan to boost it if it’s low. Just because your husband had a big salary and high credit score doesn’t automatically mean you do, too. This three-digit figure is the ticket to a new future, as it affects your ability to get an apartment, mortgage, car loan, and a job.
  • Figure out where your emotional support will come from. Divorce can be one of the most stressful, horrible things a family can encounter. Who will be the wind beneath your wings? Do you have a few girlfriends you can lean on? A family member or twelve? Accept that one person isn’t enough (they’ll get sick of you). Start asking around for a good therapist.
  • Park your emotions and figure out how many assets and how much money you are truly entitled to. By starting negotiations with a cool head, understanding what you are legally entitled to and bringing a bottom-line dollar figure in mind, you are more likely to prevail in any deal-making.
  • Park your emotions and figure out what you truly believe is the best custody situation for your kids. Spite, anger and jealousy have no place in visitation negotiations.
  • Take a deep breath and accept that you will lose some friend- and family-support. You will also gain friends. Life is changing. You are starting anew in all parts of your life.
  •  Accept that you will likely be poorer. Fair or not, women and their children are statistically poorer after divorce than when the woman is married. This is usually not true for men.
  •  Know that you can be richer. I often run into women whose careers and businesses flourished once they got out of stressful relationships with the wrong person. Happy people tend to be professionally successful.
  • Decide that you will be happier. Whether the divorce is your decision or his, accept that the relationship was not working. Life does go on. Happiness comes again— if you welcome it it
  • - See more at: http://mommasaid.net/2012/12/07/guest-post-10-things-to-do-before-you-leave-your-husband/#sthash.sXYe3S8j.dpuf



  • Make a plan to boost your income. Whether you have always worked full-time or you’ve been stay-at-home mom, the reality is that after divorce, families must muster the new financial realities and time to support two households. This means that your quality of life will decrease, and you need to make more money. How will you do that? Go back to school? Get a promotion? Start a new business, or take on freelance work on the side?
  • Make a plan for where you will live. This may mean paying your current mortgage on your own, downsizing, or relocating to a new city. Your address is a critical element of your life: it affects where your kids go to school, proximity to family support and what your monthly finances will look like.
  • Find out your credit score for free at AnnualCreditReport.com, and make a plan to boost it if it’s low. Just because your husband had a big salary and high credit score doesn’t automatically mean you do, too. This three-digit figure is the ticket to a new future, as it affects your ability to get an apartment, mortgage, car loan, and a job.
  • Figure out where your emotional support will come from. Divorce can be one of the most stressful, horrible things a family can encounter. Who will be the wind beneath your wings? Do you have a few girlfriends you can lean on? A family member or twelve? Accept that one person isn’t enough (they’ll get sick of you). Start asking around for a good therapist.
  • Park your emotions and figure out how many assets and how much money you are truly entitled to. By starting negotiations with a cool head, understanding what you are legally entitled to and bringing a bottom-line dollar figure in mind, you are more likely to prevail in any deal-making.
  • Park your emotions and figure out what you truly believe is the best custody situation for your kids. Spite, anger and jealousy have no place in visitation negotiations.
  • Take a deep breath and accept that you will lose some friend- and family-support. You will also gain friends. Life is changing. You are starting anew in all parts of your life.
  •  Accept that you will likely be poorer. Fair or not, women and their children are statistically poorer after divorce than when the woman is married. This is usually not true for men.
  •  Know that you can be richer. I often run into women whose careers and businesses flourished once they got out of stressful relationships with the wrong person. Happy people tend to be professionally successful.
  • Decide that you will be happier. Whether the divorce is your decision or his, accept that the relationship was not working. Life does go on. Happiness comes again— if you welcome it it
  • - See more at: http://mommasaid.net/2012/12/07/guest-post-10-things-to-do-before-you-leave-your-husband/#sthash.sXYe3S8j.dpuf


    I'm FREE!!  Yes!  Tax season has ended...at least the main part.  There are some extensions and some payroll taxes and sales tax returns that need some attention, but the April 15th rush is done...so I can get some stuff going here. 
    Yarn Along ...here's the scoop... I finished the Half-Stitched Amish Quilt Club last night.  I finished CABIN this morning.  I have had Secrets Over Sweet Tea for quite a while as a borrow from a friend and it's time to read it.  Under the books you will see a stack of magazines.  Some have been started, some may even be finished and some are never opened.  Time to look through the pile and figure out what still needs read and what is done and then pass them along to the waiting room.


    Now the update on the knitting Yarn-  It seems that when I set my Juliet down, something got goofy and then I picked it up and couldn't figure out what went wrong, so I just started knitting and then three or four rows along, I looked closer and it has a booboo.  It shows and it's on the front of one sleeve, so my friend who is a good unravel-er, is taking it back to the mistake place and I'll start back up soon.  And you'll notice that brown ball of yarn...yeah, it was once the better part of a shawl, but it's the week of ending, so I looked real close at that lovely alpaca and decided that I didn't really like the way it was turning out, so I unraveled it.  I can do that part, because it was all coming out.  When I need to stop midway, I phone a friend.  And I rolled it in a ball and then  I will start again, I think a bigger needle size and maybe a different shape....I'd like something shawlish, but a long, skinny triangle shape.  I'll keep looking or experimenting. Until then, I have some other thoughts.  I have this great bright green cotton yarn and I'd been wanting to try a market bag, so I found this pattern for a GRRLFRIEND Market bag, and thought I'd give it a try... so I'm working the bottom on double pointed needles.  A little tricky for me traveling around, but soon I'll convert it over to a circular and then I won't have to be so careful about it falling off the needles.  Sometimes you just have to look at where you are, and if it's not going well and you have the ability, change the course.  So I am. And there's that other great ball of yarn that I bought a long time ago, made a hat and although I loved the yarn, the hat just wasn't right, so I balled it back up for another chance.  Something scarfy or shawly, but there's not much...but it is lovely....something will come of it...trust me.. :o)

    So, what are you reading and knitting this week??

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    CRUNCH TIME!! Yarn Along -- April 9th

    Here we are at Crunch Time.  And our other guy is out sick today.... this is my lunchtime diversion....

    "~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"  Ginny at Small Things


    My reading, if I can stay awake, is mostly while riding to work or as I climb into bed and try to slow my brain down.  Do you have to read to sleep?  Even for 3 minutes...So I have a assortment of magazines and also this Wanda Brunstetter that I have been dabbling in since Christmas.  I just can't embrace the reading of multiple books at the same time.  So I need to concentrate on this one.  I took three of my Library books from last week to my mom, who was looking for one of them at the Library anyway, and then picked up Sarah's Key on DVD from my library and knowing I couldn't fit it in before the weekend, I dropped that in with the mom delivery.  I still want to read The Book Thief before I watch it.  I think that might be the better sequence.  Do you read the book first, or watch the movie first??  I haven't read The Hunger Games yet, but all my kids did, so we watched the movie and I've watched it a couple of times.  Dan tells me I need to read the book.
    If you will notice, I have made a little progress on my Juliet.  I counted stitches and realized that I went one row too far on my increase, but I'm not going back...I'll adjust as I go  I am going across and bound off one sleeve and just into the second sleeve.  I'm excited, because this is a project that has been frogged a couple of times and I knew I just needed to plow through and get it going again.  I have never made it to the bottom pattern, and I have a ways to go on my top still, but it's all good.
    So are you reading?  Knitting?  What's going on with you these days??


    yarning

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Yarn Along with Friends in April


      " ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ "  Ginny at Small Things...

    It's that time again.  I'm glad for this. because at this life pace, I'd never get a post posted.  So, now, I just want to say, I'm too busy to read, but I need to slow my brain down at night, so I'm reading anyway...
    I just finished a good one on my Kindle... It was Sarah's Key  by Tatiana DeRosnay.  I was never interested in reading about the Holocaust.  My friend Elaine was.  She even taught an English elective on it, then her class would travel to Washington DC to the Holocaust Museum.  But then I read Once We Were Brothers...and it was a good book, not my usual choice of happy fluff.  And when I told my mom, she had just finished Sarah's Key on her Kindle, so I got that one going.  Had to finish my Lisa Wingate that I was reading called Blue Moon Bay.  Also a good book.  Hey, for the most part, if it's not good, I don't read it.  Too many books, too little time.. So when I stopped at the Library, I recommended my book to one of the ladies waiting for Once We Were Brothers and then she and the Librarian started talking about books and the next thing I know I have 3 more books in my hand, all about Holocaust situations or people. 
    I've still got my Cabin book by Lou Ureneck going and it's going ok.  Slowed down a bit, but I also have my Wanda Brunstetter from Christmas that isn't finished yet, and of course, there are one or two loaded on the Kindle for dark time reading.  Two weeks and I'm kicking into a reading-all-day day.  Sounds good, right?? 




    On the knitting front, I pulled out the green Juliet Vest on a long car ride and knit to the end of the first ball.  I've been further before I pulled the whole thing out, so I'm ready for the second ball and some progress.  Thinking that could happen in 2 weeks, too.  Who knows what happens when the CLOSED sign lights up in the tax office?!?!?

    What are you reading or wrapping yarn around these days?!?!?

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    run, run, trip, trip

    At an earlier time in my life, I heard tell of a game.  The older cousins in a family played it with the younger cousins.  Actually, I think it was more that they played it ON the younger cousins.  I really don't know the details, because they would always start laughing when they talked about, "Remember when we used to play Run, Run, Trip, Trip?"  and laugh some more.
    Lately, I feel just a little like I'm playing the game of run, run, trip, trip.  This time of the year, and the time of life, lends itself to moving faster than the brain really keeps up well....
    sorry...got busy....done spinning for tonight....

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Dove Chocolates..

    I gave a small gift to a lady in my Sunday School class around Christmas time.  No big thing.  But she is single and I know that she often takes the holiday shift at her hospital job, so moms can be with their kids.  And a week or two later, she came back with a gift bag for me.  Oh, man.  I didn't want it to be that sort of thing where you feel obligated to pay back the gift.  So I smiled and thanked her and took my bag home.  And when I opened it, I was greeted by a bag of DOVE dark chocolates.  Yummmm.  We actually used to pass around chocolates in our class sometimes.  And I wondered if I should have passed them that Sunday that I didn't open them, but no.  I kept them to myself.  And I tucked them in my secret chocolate hiding place.  Do other people (moms) have these places, too??  Not that no one knows that there is chocolate in the top drawer of my nightstand.  But they do understand that it was put there by me, for me.  I go there sometimes when I'm having a bad day, or when I'm crawling into bed with a book.  I pull out the foil wrapped happiness, and carefully peel it back.  I don't want to rip the message.  If you don't eat DOVE chocolates, you might not know that inside the foil, is a message.  Sort of like a fortune cookie for chocolate lovers.  Today seemed long.  I have work yet to do, so I changed from my clothes that have spent the day collecting the smells of other people's dogs and cats, at my vet clinic job.  I put on a sweatshirt that bears the name of my daughter's college - a gift from her for my birthday her first year there.  This is her last year there.  Next year's plans are uncertain for her- an education waiting year.  And I grabbed my sweatpants- worn, but warm and warm is what I'll need this evening.  Back to the office in my home and my copier and stapler and the tax returns that await my mad clerical skills.  And as I prepare for my next shift, I unwrap one of those chocolates from my friend and I'm greeted with my message
    "Enjoy the childhood joys of winter."  Ok.  Now I know I should just savor the flavor.  But it's March 13th.  And on my way to work this morning it was -1.  And on my way home it was 12.  And two days ago it was 50.  And tomorrow it is supposed to warm up again.  And then in another couple of days get real cold again.  I'm SO confused.  So I guess I'd better just enjoy the joys of winter.  Last Saturday's youth sledding party with hot chocolate and donuts after....snowdays....this year, too cold-stay home from school days.....bright snow.....drifts.....snow sculptures on my morning walks...sweaters.....fireplace fires.....nice smelly candles....cuddly blankets....watching the dog pouncing through the snow to chase his stick (he's addicted).....hot tea....cold tea....warm comfort food meals.....heated car seats in the hubby's car....that moment in the morning when the freeze leaves the car and the heats really kicks in....slippers and fuzzy socks....jigsaw puzzles at my mom's house.
    I do like winter.....for a while....but the time is coming....time for a change....time to tuck the woolies away for awhile.  But for now, I'll just unwrap another chocolate....This time "Chocolate speaks the international language of love."  Oh, yeah, and that is TOTALLY my language...
    Have a nice night.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    No Yarn Along...

    Nope.  There is no Yarn Along today from here.  I haven't done anything with yarn, except move it from this pile to that pile and stack some here and wind some there-move it from this bag to that bag....  Although I did get an AWESOME email that Longmeadow Farm is having an open house in March and it's on a weekend that I'm on a girl thing so it just might fall into the loop...and it might not, but I'm keeping that idea on the back burner.  Lots of things are falling on that weekend and I won't get to do them all, but I'll keep a list and do as much as possible..... or nothing at all ....
    But I DID finish the Sea Glass book and then barely started the Once We Were Brothers book.  Dragged around Mother Earth News and Homelife magazines, so I'm counting it as reading, however thin it is!

    AND another thing.... I'm confessing that I haven't been very good at regular grocery shopping for the past year or more.  Alot of Sam's Club piles, crazy, fill-the-cart trips to the store, or just what I ran out of...but not really a regular weekly or bi-weekly visit.  The past few weeks, I've been looking at prices.  Things are up, aren't they?  Guess I'm going to need to take that garden a little more serious this summer.  Can and freeze a little more...buy in season and be a little more aware of my food.  How are you adjusting in your households to things in your kitchen?   Are you growing more?  Are you shopping different?  Do you have suggestions for your friends?  OK.  And I just want you to know that I watched a few of those extreme coupon people and that's NOT going to happen.  I may be extreme about somethings, but 4 years supplies of shampoe are not in my future!

    Hope you are having a good week.  You know its freezee and just not good for outdoor standing around, so I'm inside right where I belong.  I will say HI to my Aunt Mary and Uncle Larry, who are visiting family in Alaska.  I think it's probably warmer in Anchorage than here somedays.  She sent me a card the other day, just because she was thinking of me.  That's pretty special.  Thanks, Mary, and have a great rest-of-your-visit with those cute boys...and their parents, of course!

    And again we have snow....

    I know, if you've read anything this winter, you've read about all the cold and snow...and if you live here, there's no question that you know ALL about it.  So, I guess that I don't really need to talk more about it, but I'm going to say some things you might not agree with.  I am trapped in the office ALOT from January to April 15th.  I would feel worse if it was beautiful out and I was stuck in the office, copying, stapling, paper clipping...all that stuff, while everyone else got to enough months of beautiful weather.  I'm not a winter sports person.  I've skied and snowmobiled in my life time.  I've been cross country skiing and enjoyed it.  I'd like to give snowshoeing a try just for the health of it.  Snow can be beautiful and this morning with a low temp and a fresh coat of snow, it was a pretty walk with the dog.  I do enjoy a good snuggle by the fire with a book or movie.  So really, as much as its been cold and snowy, I'm OK with it.  If I wasn't working, on the inside looking out, I might feel different.  But when April rolls around, send me spring!!

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Yarn Along in February....



    "~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"  Ginny at Small Things

    Hop over here and get some good ideas for reading, knitting, crochet, who knows what else!


    This week in Yarn Along, I'm reporting in with busy-ness.  Seems not enough time for any fun.  But (perhaps it is survival mode) I pop into the Library to return something I just can't seem to get into, and might read later, and some nice ladies chat for a few minutes, and we exchange book thoughts, and I leave with 4 books under my arm.  How can that be?  And I'm hoping to crack one open as soon as possible.


    I have to finish this one I started on my Kindle.  It's quite short and is professed to be the prelude to the one I just finished and returned to the Library.  I don't know that it matters which order you read them in...thinking this was after the other, but I guess I'd have to check the date to be sure.  The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate is on today's reading list....


    Lisa Wingate was good.  I just finished the other one... I recommend it for a feel good read.  It was The Prayer Box.  I didn't want it to end - we'd become friends.


      This was the first suggestion from the Library Ladies...Barb said that everyone that checked it out was bringing it back and saying how good it was.  I traded The Book Thief in for this.  I will go back to the Book Thief, but I have to make a run at it another time. Once We Were Brothers.  Anyone else read this one??


     Since she walks her dog past my house, and we walk our dog past her house, she thought this one might be a good one for me, too.

    16045105There were 2 other books in my pile and I can't even tell you what they were....another Wingate...and ...something for my friend's daughter to check out...

    I love having friends at the Library, don't you??




















    And then there is the knitting...not much of it.  But I did just need to do SOMETHING last week/weekend, so I have this Dropped Stitch Cowl in Lion brand Thick and Quick.  And it was.  And I am mailing it off to a special person...she can use it or gift it.  I'll be making another real soon!  So, what's on your needles??










    Sunday, February 16, 2014

    Today is Sunday and it's cold and snowy...

    I'm trying to keep a positive attitude.  It has been winter here for quite a long time.  We are still in the thick of it.  I was thinking about that groundhog this morning.  4 more weeks of this, he said.  Well, anyway.  
    I'm buried in work.  It is tax season and that is what I do and who I am for several more weeks.  Although this continued gray weather is rather depressing, I might just feel bad if it was beautiful outside and I had to spend all of the daylight inside, attached to my desk and phone and copier.  I don't mind what I do.  Matter of fact, it is fun to see people once or twice that you only see once a year.  You catch up with them and what their family has been doing.  How the kids are growing.  What the dog likes to do for fun.  Where they have traveled or what trip is in the future.  It is a fine way to extend your circle of friends.  
    One day this week, I visited with an older lady, then a man who has lost his wife after many years of working and waiting for spending their golden years together.  There is a loneliness that I can't fix.  But I can sit for 5 or 10 minutes and catch up on their lives.  I can let them know they matter and that someone wants to hear their stories.  They are still serving a purpose.  After I was done, I said to Scott, why don't more people take a little time to visit and connect?  It costs me no more to be kind and listen, then to brush them off and be about their way.  A smile is not really harder than a frown.  Why do people think that kindness is a choice?  Why isn't it just a requirement?  Is it really so hard to ask a child about their shoes or backpack?  Maybe ask someone if they are reading a good book?  
    In my next career, I think I'll just be the lady that checks in on people to see what they are doing.  Reach something off the top shelf.  Retrieve something that rolled out of reach under the dresser.  Sort through the mail and throw out the junk.  Read aloud the note in small print that brings a smile.  Rock the baby while someone does a task that requires two hands or a bit of no interruption time.  What is the job description for this? 
     Today I was asking my Sunday School class if we are too smart compared to Old Testament people.  Do we argue our way out of doing what we should because we know too much?  Or do we know just enough to get us into trouble?  Why did those guys refuse to bow down to King 
    Nebuchadnezzar's statue, even knowing their punishment would be a trip through the furnace?  Do we have the devotion to do that today??  Why ?
    I read The Prayer Box this week.  It was good.  It was really good.  It might just be a good way to get into more meaningful prayer time for me right now.  Lisa Wingate.  Pick it up and read it.  You won't be sorry.
    Have a great Sunday night.  I'm heading out to Bible Study in a few.  Loving that group.  There are 12 or so of us every Sunday night.  We have a lot of information available from all sides of the table.  I learn and am entertained all at the same time.  At first I was disappointed that a few people didn't show up, but you grow to know and love the group you are with.  Maybe after summer, when we start back up, there will be different people.  But we will grow to know each other and be comfortable bouncing thoughts and ideas off one another and growing in understanding.  That's what it's all about.  The more you learn and grow, the more you hunger to have more. 

     
     Blessings to you all this week...

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    My sweetheart and I



    My hubby has always been a flower guy.  I get flowers delivered at least once a year, and often times more than that.  He knows how special it makes me feel.  Yeah, they will just die, but they make me smile and appreciate all that I have in life, even on those bummer sort of days. 
    Yesterday, while I was mopping up yet more afternoon footprints from the vet clinic floor, i got a delivery from my sweetheart....Happy Valentine's Day the card said....but the flowers, and the thought said so much more.  You know, sometimes life just doesn't roll along the way you planned, expected, or hoped....and then you have to admit that God knows what he's doing and his plans are a bit better than what we had laid out for the future at age 20.  Count those blessings....

     So, to express to my honey, just how much I appreciate what he has to put up with, I went out for donuts this morning, and I came back with his Valentine's surprise.  "Cookies from Art's!"  he said....oh, better check out your desk.  Cuz I know the way to this man's heart is through Lemon Meringue Pie.  So there it is.  In the box.  All for him.

     Love you !!  Enjoy your day.  Make someone feel special today...

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Yarn Along Feb 05 Brrrrrrrr...



    "  ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~  Ginny at Small Things"

    Last weekend, I knit a Drop Stitch Cowl in black Lion brand, thick and quick and it was - thick and quick.  Planning on putting that in the mail and sending it off.  Think I'll make a few more.  Anyone else make one in a different size??  Wondering about more CO stitches?? Always ready for an experiment as long as I don't have to rip it out!!  Sorry - no picture.  Maybe I'll insert one later today.... Still working on that little brown shawl.  Sometimes you've just gotta set it aside and do something quick!





    For my reading this week, I've finished reading "Hattie Ever After" and enjoyed it.  Simply easy reading.  Now, I'm reading The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate.  I had a couple of options, but this was the closest one, so I started it.  So far, so good. 

    I've been sneaking a little of this.  I put in a load of clothes and sew a seam or two.  It is just randomly pieces of strips and only a baby quilt size, but just enough bright to keep me going in this February weather.  Snowing like crazy today...cold...icky....working and stitching....loving this heater under my desk. 
    How about you??  What are you reading and stitching these days?? 

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Yarn Along january...and some snow angels





    ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~  Ginny at Small Things

    So, even though it's crazy, busy tax season, I stopped at my Library yesterday...yeah, I know.  Shame on me.  But I found some great stuff calling me from the shelves...  I'm on a wait from the ebook library shelf on The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate and also, The Book Thief.  And there they were!
    Also, I picked up the Hunger Games, because my kids have all read a borrowed one and the rest of the series has been purchased and around here, but no book one.  I've watched the movie two or three times and now I want to read it.

    I'm still working on that Terribly Simple shawl.  I first typed Simply Terrible and knew that didn't look right.  It's not terrible...just a little slow now and you know how I get that restlessness, so since my size 15 circular has re-appeared from college, I cast on a Drop Stitch Cowl just using some bulky Thick and Quick in my stash.  I have someone I think would wear this in black, and it's pretty quick, so I'm happy to get this going and going fast.  Some days you've just gotta move!
    I had those other two books listed last week for my reading, and I'm reading them now. Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson and also Wanda Brunstetter's  The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club.  But I had a chance on this, so I started and finished it.  Recommend it.  Newbery Honor Book.


    But even better than reading and knitting today, was my trip to Clymer at 6am.  Actually I left home by 5:30 to get there on time.  It was around 10 degrees below.  CHILLLLY!!  But we had a mission.  It has been a year today that we sent our friend Elaine on ahead.  Breast cancer is a nasty thing.  But Elaine had a bucket list and we are working on some of those things for her.  So today, was SNOW ANGEL DAY.  Some had a headstart last night, but this morning, from the Library window, this was the view...taken by Jane.  In the center of the picture, way up top, you can see Elaine and Bryan's driveway.  There are three in that yard, too.




    Kristy had this one that was taken from the roof...


    This what they looked like at 6:30 am....




    Happy Snow Angel Day!!!



    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Yarn Along in January

    ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ Ginny at Small Things

    This is where I'm at this week...
    I have Bread Alone on my Kindle and I'm enjoying that.  I also received my new Mother Earth News.  Haven't cracked that one open yet, but soon, very soon...And then there is the knitting.  I have nearly finished the wound ball that was given me along with the two hanks I bought.  My Terribly Simple is not long enough to loop around, so I'm adding in some of the first one I balled up. It is so soft and lovely, but not quite the color, so I figured now was the time to add it in and then come back for a few rows of what's left of the original color/ball.  I also finished putting thumbs in my fingerless mitts.  The first time I did thumbs and I think I could do them again and maybe even better!!  They are ready for me to wear.  I have enough of that red yarn to make a headband, too, which is what I want to do.  I'm just not a hat person.  I like them, but my hair is all covered up and it's just not a good look.  So headband it is... but I vowed to work on some of my already started stuff before starting more, so the Terribly Simple  it is....and pulled out the Juliette vest to drag around for a while.  Just some of those things I've slid to a back burner that needs to be worked on.

    I've also started this Wanda Brunstetter book, too.  I was a gift and it's good reading, especially when I don't want to take the Kindle.  I really didn't think I'd like the ereader, but getting Library books at 10:34 pm has it's benefits.  Or being on a waiting list and getting the book as soon as it's available- good stuff.  I loaded Hattie Ever After on there after I finished Hattie Big Sky.  I enjoyed reading the first Hattie book and it was pretty quick.  I still have trouble reading more than I book at a time.  And then I check out more library books, even though there are books on my nightstand.  But those have no due date, so they are there much longer.  But hey, as long as I'm reading....

     

    So, what are you reading and yarning and dreaming about??  Do you have only one going, or do you read or knit or crochet several at a time??  Just wondering.... Is it cold where you are??  Cuddle up and enjoy!

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

    A Christmas Note

    I was looking through some pictures and thought I'd share something about Christmas at my mom's this year.  She is clever and I'm writing that because she will read this....heeheehee!

    Anyway, she does a lot of shopping online and had a grip on it early, so to entertain herself after that, she found Christmas pictures of most of us...I think all of the kids... and printed them off on her printer.  Sometimes it gives her fits, but it worked out mostly.

    It was a funny way to pass out gifts...
    She couldn't find a good pic of Alyssa...sometimes she goes home to her family for Christmas. So she just pulled one off Facebook.  Yeah, Grandma Mona does facebook.  Remember that when you are posting stuff on there...


    Not sure what Alex was doing here.  He cut all his hair off so we would have trouble identifying him.


    Rachel and Andrea have assigned seats on the floor in front of the magic hutch.  We talked about it being the magic hutch, because most holidays and even Sundays, dessert appear in here.  Open the door, and there are two pies!  Or a cake!!  You never know what might pop out of here.  I think that is what they picked this spot for....
    I had a lot of pictures of Albert, but none with his photo tag.....
    Haley LOVED this picture of her.  If nothing else, this should help to get happy, smiling pictures at Holidays for a few years...you never know what will show up on your present!
     Even my little brother got one on his package.  He says he doesn't like pictures with no hat, because then people can see how gray his hair is and they will think he is old...welllll,,,not getting any younger!

     Here's Andrea Sue.  If you look at her picture, you can see Rachel sitting right there on the floor beside her, the same place...tradition...

     First Dan posed with someone else's picture and I took it, not looking until I had snapped that it was not him...retake that one...
     Kyle had this great shot with gum hanging out of his mouth.  Yeah, she was good that way...not using any photo tricks to make you more glamorous...just print...
    Wonder what we are in store for next year???  We were all lucky not to get coal.  Isn't family good, especially at holiday time???

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Yarn Along Jan 15th

    "~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"  Ginny at Small Things...


    It is getting to be my busy season.  Tax season is taking off.  That means not much time for me at all to pursue reading, knitting, much at all, actually.  But the drive in and out of work lends itself to just a bit of time when I really can't do anything else.  So I bring along both.
    For reading, I'm working on my Homelife magazine.  It is a new subscription I got from Lifeway.  I had originally ordered MoreLiving...I think that's what it was!  Any way, it was geared to my age people.  Kids growing up and leaving and figuring out where you are and if you want to make a change in a lot of areas, because, I don't know, you're 50 or older and it's just time to step out!  But they discontinued that magazine and this was another one they offered.  I'm liking it quite a bit so far and it's only my first issue.
    For Books:  I'm reading Hattie Big Sky on my kindle.  From my library, it's a Newbery Honor book and I'm really liking it.  Not so deep that I can't just pick it up or put it down whenever I need to.  Good to read an accounting of life in our history. 
    The knitting is slow.  I work a few rows on my Terribly Simple each day, but that doesn't grow it too fast.  That little ball on yarn was a gift from the alpaca visit/yarn buy and it has a hard center.  Hoping that knitting to the end of the ball will get me a nice little shawl/scarf.  Yep, I'm hoping that little center core is not taking up too much room where yarn should be!!  I'm thinking I might need to add a bit of something else to make it come out to a wrap-able size.  My Sunlight could stand to be longer, so it will stay wrapped better.  I slipped a ring on the ends the last time I wore it and that worked OK, but we'll see where this one goes. 
    I still have several zippy bags of started things, but I'm trying to stick with this, then pick up that green vest....

    What is on your nightstand, coffee table, or in your work basket??

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Thinking and computering....

    I'm ready to start doing some computer work, but a bit distracted, so I thought I might just type along here off and on today..
    How nice.  The mailman just stopped in to check the mail delivery.  There were several names for our address and although we sometimes get client mail here, none of these were ours.  This is what happens for a while at a new address :o)  So nice for him to take the time to check.
    Last night i embraced the whole knitting at the ballgame thing and did several rows of my Terribly Simple while watching the game.  It is actually small enough yarn and needle, that I have to pay a little more attention than before.  But every row done puts me closer to this alpaca neck wrap of wonderfulness!

    Been sitting by the fire, working on my computer.  Here in the Erie office the fire is a nice LASKO heater that is parked really close to my desk.  It's not as cold today as it has been, but there is a dampness that chills, too. 
    Today I figured out what light switch turns on the back light...now I just have to figure out if it is motion detecting or just on/off.  It will be good to have that on most afternoon/evening hours.  The fun stuff of the new office...discoveries and just figuring out things.  I had 4 keys cut that only open one of the two doors that have the same lock...yep, that one's a mystery to me.  So I had Bill at Rowan Hardware cut me one yesterday and it opens both doors...go figure.  Friends can do remarkable things for you, just because...

    My daughter is getting mail concerning graduation this spring...from college.  Feeling old, but happy for her.  We are exchanging happy messages with her and her friend about making her a sparkly graduation gown!  There is a guy she studies with that would wear one, I'm sure!!  How exciting to have your life spread ahead of you and be so close to opening all kinds of doors...and terribly frightening, too. 
    I've been entering on one computer, but playing music on the other one.  Leaning toward Jenny Simmons and Addison Road today.  I heard her speak and sing at Kingdom Bound last year and realllly liked her.  Maybe she'll be back this year.  They will start releasing the list this month, although I've seen some press about some of the groups that are supposed to be there already.  It is a youth year, so we will have a big group and more responsibilities, but it is such a time of your soul being filled up...Everyone should do something to charge their battery up at least once a year.  What is yours???
    Have a great Friday!

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    CHHHHilly OUTSIDE

    Mighty chilly out.  Our school has been closed last Friday and then Tuesday and Wednesday this week because of the frigid temps.  I just go on as normal, huddled a little closer to the heater.  Computers don't really care how cold it is outside, as long as it's OK inside.  Put on another layer and type away!!

    I should be getting lots of things done, but I'm waiting for my post-holiday energy to kick in.  There is a 'stuff' issue right now.  Some stuff is out, some halfway out and if you have college kids, you relate to the stuff that care home for break, but got dumped and a day before it must go back, it'll be pawed through, stuffed together and jammed back in a car for a return trip. 

    I have a couple of tubs of Christmas that returned to the basement and is hanging in limbo.  Tell me, when do you sort through Christmas and combine and sort and group and toss??  Do you do that when you get it out??  When you put it away?  Is July a good time to take an unbiased look at the stuff that's there and decide if you want it or if it is worth keeping or trading or just what is this snowman doing in this box with the Easter eggs?  This whole nasty cold thing is still holding on to me and I run out of juice at supper time and I should at least be knitting or reading, but many nights will find me falling asleep, curled up all toasty.  I did manage an episode or two of the Gilmore Girls Monday night before the fireplace lulled me to sleep.

    Such a nice visit we had last night with my niece and her hubby from Carolina.  They were North, but this year moved a 11/2 miles and now are South.  They made a quick trip up for a funeral, but had time for supper at Grandma's and we enjoyed the time we had together.  Can't wait for a trip to see her house...actually thinking this week might be a good time to head 8-10 hours south... just saying!!

    So, as this year heads out, are you doing anything different or new or better or ...doing anything??  Have you hunkered down for the cold winter and immersed yourself in jigsaw puzzles, yarn and books, with a fire and baking thrown in for added comfort??  I HOPE so!  I am mulling around some quilting ideas and I have the need/want to get at one.  It's been awhile and I'm starting to feel rusty.  I keep stalking around looking for new ideas and inspirations.  Any time now, I'll just take off stitching.  I started cutting in the fall, but that is stalled and I think I'll leave it stalled until Scrap & Sew this spring.  Time to ruffle through the stash and see what hits me. 

    Oh, but I could make this a YARN ALONG POST...  First one for me for 2014.
    "~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"



    I Picked this one up on my kindle from the Library.  I got a few new ones for Christmas, but I don't have a picture of the pile this week.  I still haven't finished the Christmas cookie one. Dragging that one around to places I don't take my kindle.  And then there is the knitting.  I might have mentioned that I've been falling asleep in the evening beside the nice warm fire.  SOooo... I knit just a little on that big Christmas stocking from 2 years ago...  and then I dragged the Terribly Simple Shawl out.  And I've dragged it around a bit, but not really made any progress.  I met the alpaca who gave me this yarn.  That should be motivating me.  Ok, I'll try harder.  And I mean to pull the green vest out and figure out where I am.  I could be wearing that with my new turtleneck that I got for Christmas from the hubby. 
    Thanks for the motivation, Ginny and friends over at YARN ALONG.   I promise tonight to knit at least a row or three before falling asleep.  I'll feel so much better if I do.  I did mail out a little knitted love yesterday to a girl I like from church.  Sometimes you just have to get some love in the mail to make your cold day better.  Hoping that happens to her this week.  :o)
    Have a great January.

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

    Just A Saturday in January

    It is already a few days into the new year, and I have yet to fill in my Goals List.  I have done this for several years...not really sure if you can count it as a success or a not, but it does help to keep me focused as I look it over from time to time from it's place in my calendar and another copy in my desk basket.  I have used these lists through the year to motivate me.
    So what do we want to see changed this year??  Is there something in your financial area that needs neatened up?  How about your spiritual life?  Do you need a boost?  A new group, perhaps, or a place to go to rev you up?  Are you starting a new study?  Good for you!  Keep it up! 
    How about a reading list for 2014?  Are there books that you haven't had time to cross off your list??  Keep working on them!  You can do it.  And there there are the health issues....always looking to drop 10-20 pounds??  need to kick up the exercise??  You can do it!  Write it down and go for it!  I also have a list of a few places I'd like to go in the year.  I don't always get there and sometimes they are biased, as they are already selected vacation spots or weddings for the year.  But by writing and seeing and crossing them off, I have that feeling of accomplishment and moving forward.  '
    Don't just  make it a January 1st event.  Keep looking, keep doing, keep going, keep on keep on....
    I love to see you succeed.
    Happy New Year

    Friday, January 3, 2014

    Not so Perky...

    Anyone else havin' those post-holiday, overextended the energy, around too many germs, caught something that's kickin' my butt blues??
    Yeah, I'm not sure what it is.  Starting working its way into my household the week of Christmas and hasn't worked its way back out yet.  I got familiar with it on Christmas night.  Not the going and throwing flu, but just not feeling right...and some hot and cold stuff...lots of blankets and rest...and then something sitting on my chest....not so much coughing and nose blowing, just would slowly work its way into my day until by evening I was really dragging.  I have some knitting and reading and lots of other little tasks that aren't getting any attention, because I've just got no ambition.  BUT.. in the morning, things look and feel and seem a little better, so I'm trying to attack a thing or two in the morning light, when there's a chance to get it at least started, if not done.
    The hubby started it.  His is much more a cold at this point.  I've just started the fast running nose part.  Hoping this means it's working its way out of my body.  Been through a lot of chicken soup lately.  It cures a lot, just takin' a little longer this time.



    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    It is after noon.  And I am still in my PJs.  It's OK.  I've already been out of the house....in my pjs.  The guys had a breakfast and I didn't go to help cook, passing my pancake flipping job off to my friend's hubby.  So I climbed out of bed, brushed my teeth and went to her couch.  We haven't had nearly enough time to just visit.  I took my many knitting projects in a large tote.  Together we did inventory of what project was in what stage of completion.  I had a completed cowl that just needed the ends woven in.  DONE.  There was a pair of fingerless gloves that were waiting for help to put stitches on needles for adding thumbs.  I threaded a piece of waste yarn around each thumb hole and I'm thinking I'm about ready to put the DPN in and get the knit on.  I pulled out the green vest and quickly put it back in the bag.  Checked another zippered bag to find my Cheryl Burns alpaca yarn just a few rows of a simple shawl on a circular needle, started a couple of months ago.  There was also a zippered bag with a Christmas stocking from 2 years ago.  I made 2 in time for Christmas, then started the third, but without a specific person waiting for it, the stocking is just on hold as a mindless knitting project for a while longer.  The vest needs restarted.  Maybe next week. Then breakfast was done, the guys came home and I went home, but after a run with my new chauffeur to the dump and the post office, where I was just the legal co-pilot, I was back on my couch...in my jammies.
     Time stopped for  a while and I got dressed and went for a walk with the dog and hubby.
    When I was on my own for a while with little kids and making my own rules, we adopted "Jammies Til Noon on Saturday".  Every other day we had stuff to get up for.  I worked and they often went with me, but sometimes to a sitter.  Sundays were church day.  Up and out for Sunday School and church.  Before this bedtime was more relaxed, too.  But when it was just me running the show, there was a little more structure on up and down time.  But Saturdays, sweet Saturdays were Jammies Til Noon day.  Those were glorious days.  Simpler days of not much in the way of evening obligations.  No practices, no clubs, no meetings, no groups.  After all, young children have early bedtimes.  I miss those times and the sort of carefree schedule.  OK, so life with 2 or 3 small children is far from easy and carefree.  But those days where JTN ruled are missed.  So today, I had a flashback day and stayed in my jammies.  And it was good.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Yarn Along Dec 11 hohoho

    ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ Ginny at Small Things

    Come along and see what I'm up to...

    This week, I've finished my Angels at the Table book and now I'm starting Once Upon A Christmas.  It's that time of year, when you squeeze as much as you can into every minute and there's never enough minutes. Perhaps predictable like Hallmark movies, but they are easy on the heart and make me smile, and after all, I should read what I like, right??  I have been collecting ideas for next year's reading...taking suggestions and making a list from others Yarn Along posts...
    My knitting has slowly grown and I'm thinking of starting the ribbing and binding this one off.  I have misplaced the one I was using as a guide and the people in this house have no problem believing how that could happen....I'll find it soon, I hope because it is mine and I like to wear it and it looks good!  So....what are you reading or wrapping your yarn into these days???

    Taking a Minute and Reflecting...

    This is a picture of one of my oldest son's good friends.  It is the boy that he spent tons of time with, played sports with, went to college near.... It is Monte....They were friends since birth, at least Alex's, since Alex is the younger.  Monte's mom and I spent a lot of time together when I was expecting Alex and she had Megan 2 days later. They all grew up together... and now...
    This is a picture of Monte...in Afghanistan..
    Today, take a minute to pray for those who are away from home....far, far, away.... for their safety and protection to guarantee our safety and protection...


    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Yarn Along - Dec flurry!!


                                                                             

    Here it is already December!  Where did the days, the months, the year go??  Someone told me life is like toilet paper, the closer you get toward the end, the faster is goes.... Remember when every day just crawled by?   Anyway, it's time to think about Yarning Along with Ginny at Small Things...

    "~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"

    So, let's see what we have going at my house....
    The reading has switched to Christmas.  I did finish A Solitary Blue, and also picked up and read through Sharon Creech's The Boy On The Porch.  I really liked both of those.  It's one of my weaknesses, that age of literature.  When my kids were younger, I'd read all of Sharon Creech's books.  She kept writing and I have some catching up to do.

    Once Upon a Christmas by Lauraine SnellingI have loaded about 3 Christmas titles on my Kindle, I have this Christmas Cookie one in my bag and there are two more at home on the kitchen counter that I brought home from the Library- one is Debbie Macomber and the other Louraine Snelling.  Just enough to get me through the holly, jolly season...



    And so here is my current knitting project...a cowl...very simple...mindless knitting.  I just did a K2P2 for 8 or 10 rows, then started knitting...when I get ready, I'll just K2P2 for 8 or 10 rows and bind off.   I have a Christmas that wasn't really going to include homemade gifts much, but I find myself missing that constructing and crafting part of the season...ok, not so much the part where I am crazy behind on too many things, but I'm going to crave the feeling of the yarn slipping between my fingers and winding through my stress..may as well put that to good use.  I'm using a ball of yarn from Longmeadow Farm and I really like the look and feel of this stuff.  I finished the Bandana Cowl and I like the way that turned out.  I decreased twice then decided I liked the look of a looser cowl, so I stopped decreasing and just knitted on.  I think someone will be wearing that in January.
    So take a minute and slip on over to see what others are working on and reading...