Monday, November 17, 2014

Snowing

It is officially winter.  It is snowing now and getting colder.  My youngest passed his driving test and wants to drive, but I'm dragging my feet a bit.  The bus is OK on days like today and tomorrow.  Watching the news that says Buffalo will have 2 inches and just south of it in Hamburg they are expecting 26 inches.  Crazy.  I'm in the fewer inches area, southwest of this stuff.  And I'm good with that.  Dentist tomorrow for lunch.  Got some Christmas projects going.  Never one at a time.  Something like seven...all at once....all over the house...and Thanksgiving is here.  I like to have Thanksgiving here, but I have to keep reminding myself of it, because I bought a new jigsaw puzzle that I want to open up and start, but I can't until after eating Thanksgiving dinner.  Worth the wait.  Need to make a plan.  Gotta spread the invites around.  We have family.  We have friends.  We've invited strangers before.  I need to see the lady from Joann Fabrics to make sure she has the address.  Yes, we were at the cutting counter and said something about Thanksgiving dinner and she said she'd be over and we said SURE!  Come along!  The more the merrier.
I finished a book!  I have gone in fits and spurts.  It was Chickens In The Road and I really liked it.  I got the suggestion from I can't remember who, but waiting a bit and checked the Library and then found a copy and bought it and read it and enjoyed.
Today, because of the weather, I drove the new driver to basketball practice and then went to hang out with my parents.  They have just completed a bathroom addition and it is FINALLY completed and I love it and they do, too.  So I dragged her into service with making messes in crafting.  She will probably have to vacuum the evidence up now.  But we had a good time.
Thinking about bed now.  Had one of those trouble getting to sleep nights last night.  It catches up with me right away these days.  In my younger years, it took several of those nights to slow me down.  Now, not so much.
Are you into Christmas mode yet?  Haven't tagged the tree yet.  Might just have to cut it and bring it home the same day I pick it out.  Done it before and that's OK.
Good night

Saturday, November 1, 2014

popcorn and cider

Sittin' here with snow falling outside and feet up.  Fire in the fireplace. And just enjoying doing nothing for a wonderful change.
This morning sleeping in, I had to wake up and answer the phone.  I know, wahwahwah....whiner.  But I do enjoy a good sleep in on occasion.  Most days I have to get up and get moving.  But today, I had a chance and rat!  The phone.  So I got up and puttered around for a bit.  Then collected my garbage together and took it to the dumper truck.  Headed over to my mom's to see what was up with her bathroom project.  Adding on a master bath where there was none, is exciting and invasive.  When workers need to get to the work and they need to go through your bedroom to do it, you lose a bit of privacy.  I keep reminding her that it will soon be done and it will be wonderful.  I even stressed that today by having part of the conversation while sitting in her new tub.  Then I whisked her away to an Open House on an alpaca farm...

 We looked at yarn and knitted items in the farm store, and then we were invited inside.  There were refreshments, and strangers who quickly became friends.  There were knitters and spinners and weavers.  I tried to keep away from the spinners and weavers, because I don't have the room for too many more creative hobbies!  Once inside we found a couple of comfy chairs by a window and took in the scenery...
 Someone or something got them going and they starting running around and ended up down by the barn.  Their pasture area goes right past the large windows we were sitting by....
I had to admire the great bird feeders on the window ledges...open the window and throw in more seeds, no matter how deep the snow.  I thought these were just what I should go home and whip up for my mom...she wasn't quite as convinced.  I thought she would be crazy, happy to have them!!  I'm still working on her about it...






I was very comfortable in this home, with a group of people whom I've never met before, but who all were interested in alpacas, and yarn and knitting and just looked around and thought - yeah, this is good stuff.  And I wanted to grab my knitting and just sit there and knit and visit and listen and enjoy.  But although they were friendly, that probably would have bumped me into kind of a weird category, so I got my mom and we came home.  But we had a great time...with strangers...which really isn't us at all.

Came home, stopping at Necker Company Store to get some potatoes and a slice of ham and whipped up some scalloped potatoes and slow cooked them until supper.  While the snow fell outside....

Sunday, October 26, 2014

today

Today was a church day....a late to church day.  Not what I like, but what happens more often than not.  It was a grab some lunch day.  It was really a pretty nice fall day.  But it was a driving day.  I'm at the end of this place...this student driver, trying to pass the test place.  For the last time, I have a kid who needs to move from permit to license.  We have already tried two times.  Hoping that the third time is a charm.  We have a rough time at this sometimes.  He is learning to drive in a bigger town than we live in.  There are no Amish buggies, tractors with wagons, or leaping deer on this test.  But those are the places we mostly drive.  There are curbs on the three point turns and parallel parking.  There are an abundance of stop signs, traffic lights and school zones to pay attention to.  We don't always get along when we do driving.  I'm too grumpy and tired.  He's too worried he'll forget something when he is turning left at the light....or cut his right turns short again....or not check the mirrors enough....or be too cautious...
I'm finishing up the kind of week that I really don't like.  The busy days and busy nights week.  The busy weekend week...the week coming up busy-ness already weighing on my heart.  I look at the huge gaps in my posting...the little amount of time I spend being creative...the lack of sparkle in my house...and a sadness moves in.  So today, I got the paper out.  The ones I copied that have a heading of THINGS I JUST MIGHT DO TODAY.  And I made a list for tomorrow.  A list of things that will make me feel better.  A list to cross out my tasks.  A list to make ready some of the things here that are just drifting along.  And hopefully, tomorrow night, I will be tired and I will have a lot of lines on my paper.  Lines marking the many small things that contribute to the stress and the heaviness and the sag.  And I'll play some happy music and perhaps the sun will shine and I'll open the window for a while...as I get ready for the end of October.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Not giving up my shorts yet...

Here I sit in Erie.  In my office.  In my shorts.  With my heater on.  Yep.  I'm a die-hard shorts wearer.  I will wear them with sweaters and sweatshirts and I just can't quite bring myself to put on long pants yet.  I did have them on for a while yesterday.  They just felt odd.  So today, I decided I would be sitting right by my heater.  I looked into a tub of fall/winter clothes yesterday, but couldn't bring myself to quite unpack and redo the closet yet.  Hanging on to the summer layers.  I know.  I'll do it next week.  Promise.
But this weekend is Scrap and Sew #23, so I had other stuff to do.  And there is a golf outing Friday that has a Chinese Auction and I was working on that item, too this week.  Seems that sometimes you have something laying around, just looking for an excuse to finish it. So the flannel couch cozy in pink and chocolate is being bound and tucked into a box/basket with a book and a bottle of wine and something chocolate.  It's the box I would want.  So, once I finish that tonight, then I can make an awesome pile.  A pile of other things that are started.  I decided to try not to start anything this fall S&S and maybe finish up a couple of things that are already in the hopper.
Sometimes I help other people and then I don't get as much of my stuff done, but I'm really there just to be with my friends.  We need that time together.  After you lose a friend or two, you hug your others just a bit closer.  Some people have hinted rather strongly that they would love to come for the weekend.  I know.  It's a nice thing.  But right now, it's kind of a comfortable thing and there is a list and they get info in groups and if there is enough space, then the next one or two is notified.  It is a group that is low maintenance and they all get along.  Flannel pants...slippers...wine...chocolate...laughter....music...friends,....more laughter....sometimes tears....a toast to Elaine....not much sleep....road trips for things needed...
We've done this 23 times.  Ok, so I'm the only one who has made it 23 times, but Willowe is a 22, and many more are close behind.
We will miss Cindy, who had to go to some thing with her husband...seriously, Dale....Couldn't you just SKYPE into that family reunion in Indiana??  Ok, we will let him off the hook this time...have a great trip.  See you next week.....

PS .  Our Prayers and Squares group now has a post that I lifted a picture into my last post from.  Thanks, Gail.  She takes the pictures.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Prayer Quilts

 

This is Saturday.  Today I had to work.  It's what I'm doing right now.  There is one lady in my vet clinic office that works every Saturday morning.  There are three of us that take turns working with her.  It's not a bad thing, but it sure makes your weekend short.  So, the good thing about working Saturdays is that it is so busy, the morning is gone before you know it and it going-home time.
Today, being done time was when I headed over to my church to join a group.  It is the Prayers and Squares group.  It was started a while back.  They meet periodically to cut, piece and sew quilt tops and then layer them up and sew them together and put threads in for tying.  It's a pretty big group for a church this size...for a town this size... But nothing is bigger than the prayers attached to each and every quilt that leaves the hands of this group.
When we receive a request, a quilt is chosen and the next Sunday, it is laid out on a table in the fellowship hall of our church.  A note is posted beside the quilt stating who will received the quilt and the things they have asked for prayer for.  Sometimes it is healing, sometimes it is strength, sometimes it is acceptance.  Everyone is invited to say a prayer as they tie a knot in the quilt.  The quilt is then delivered and often is taken to the hospital, to their home, to the Regional Cancer Center, to rehab.  They offer support and comfort in the form of something warm and huggable.  We have a couple of ladies who have taken charge of this project and  a couple of ladies that work close to them in this ministry.
A couple of times, like this morning, I've taken along a 16yr old boy from my house.  Originally, I pushed it as a great way to rack up some volunteer hours.  Last night he said, yeah, I need volunteer hours.  But he goes at 8 or 9am , even without me pushing, or even when I'm not going to be there until noon.  He sits with the older ladies of the church and puts strings into the layered pieces and he listens to the stories they tell of the old days.  He learns from them and they might even learn a thing or two from him.  He doesn't even know the gift he is getting from them.  Or probably the magnitude of the gift he is preparing for someone else.
You can read a little more about this here...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yarn ALong - Happy October!


"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), 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..."

If you click on the link, you can hop over and get some great inspiration on books and yarny things!!



As for me, I'm working on the Juliette.  It's kind of a concentration thing and I'm a bit lacking and have had to unravel because of it.  But my mom and I were talking and she said she heard that if you are having trouble, string a piece of yarn along the needle and then attempt your knit.  If it is a mess, you just pull it off and run your needle back through the yarn path and start that row over again.  Sounded too easy.  But I've strung it through the past 4 trips across this vest and knowing I have a safety net is HUGE!  Also, math minded, figuring out that my repeat is 14 stitches, I slid a large coated paper clips at the start and then each repeat, I count stitches and if it's not 14, I'm only out that one stretch.  If I'm good, I bend it open to slide it off and then pinch it and slide it back to start over.  This, too, has saved my sanity.  I have too many interruptions to keep track of 215 stitches, so I am grateful this week for this two lifesavers that may just make it possible for me to finally wear this vest that I started over 2 years ago.
I also have that little sock yarn sock in a bag and knit on it occasionally and mindlessly.  It is on one of those little circular needles and it's not very slippy, so i have to keep sliding it along.  There is probably a tip to make it more slippery, but then I might just slide the whole sock off the thing, so perhaps I should leave it alone.  The other two pair I knit a few years ago and on DP needles, so this is a new experience.  Not sure if it is preferred to dp or not.  I still have to attempt a cable.  Have to find an easy project to do that on.
I do have a project bag with my Christmas stocking project in it that I pull out from time to time, but that needle also tends to be a stickier project.  So, after a few rounds, my finger gets sore from the pokiness and I trade off to another knit....or perhaps to my book.

I finished the Peculiar Children book.  It was pretty good.  I didn't really think that was the kind of book I was picking, but it all turned out OK.  Now, I've started A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick on my Kindle.  I have several Bible Study books that will be on the string for quite a while, because they are group efforts and we moved at a group pace, but I think the youth girls books were good picks so far and moving through Captivating slowly will be good, too.

 A Single Thread
What are you reading and knitting or crocheting or just getting ready for winter doing??

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Along-Sept 24


"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), 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


Starting this yarn along post with no pictures...I'll try to slip some in after I get home!
My camera is at home, my phone is at home....and I am not...
In the knitting area, I'm slowly working on my Juliette vest.  I am hoping to get this finished to wear this winter.  I have been working on it for 2..3..4 years??  off and on the needles.   I have ripped and redone and unknit and even this week, I was practicing my unknitting skills.  I've finally come to switching over to the knit pattern for the bottom and it is a bit of a challenge.  More of a challenge than you can handle talking and counting and knitting all at the same time. Especially while riding in the car, talking to friends, traveling to and from the Hemlock Lake Fiber Fest, where we got a hold of some really yummy yarn.  This is where the unknitting comes into play.  Getting close to the end of the row, I discovered my stitch count was really off,so I put it away in the car and just talked...then after I was home and settled in, I started at the other side and counted across until I found my mistake and undid my stitches, made it right, and re-knit to the end of that row, then put it down.  Last night, in the living room alone with a 16yr old boy and his tv show, I was able to make it back across with no mistakes....as far as I know!  And then put it down again.  I was starting to get tired and didn't want to stop mid row or make big mistakes.  The weather reports tell us to expect lots of cold and snow this winter.  Hey, I live in western NY state.  That's what's supposed to happen in winter here.  But it will be nice to wear this vest over a turtleneck and have that yarn wrapped around me in a big hug.
So, to keep me going in the less thinking time, I grabbed some sock yarn this morning and a pattern I had printed off for some little yoga socks.  It is self striping yarn.  My confession here is that I have a small stash of sock yarn, but I like thick knitted socks.  I have made 2 pair of socks in my lifetime.  Both pair thick socks.  One is mine and the other my mom wears...and I've darned for her.  I thought she might be wearing them out of guilt, and also that they sure weren't wearing well.  So I said, These aren't wearing very well if they have a hole already...she said...When it's cold, I wear them whenever they are clean. My mom doesn't have piles of unwashed, unfolded, un-put-away clothes. ( It didn't rub off on me yet.) Ok.  Then handknit socks ARE worth the effort and buying handknit socks is probably worth whatever you are paying.  It's funny how I used to look at beautiful handknit sweaters and think - My WORD!  How Expensive!  I'd never pay that.  Now that I knit a bit more, and I buy some nicer yarns, I look at them in a whole different light.  More often then not, I look at them and smile, thinking, that's a HECK of a bargain.  Remember, I am on my 4 year vest project!!  And there is a jealousy when I read the blogs of focused knitters who are stocking the drawers for winter with new socks, hats, scarves, sweaters for them, the hubby and six+ kids.  You GO, girls!!  I'll just putter a bit with my projects - the never-ending vest :o) and now some socks, and then some research for the new yarn that came home from Hemlock with me.  Isn't knitting and yarn just great therapy???  I thought you'd say so.  Hunkering down....

And the reading is really mixed up lately.  I started Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
 
and it is taking me forever, but I am determined to finish it.  But I'm also starting a Bible Study - 
Captivating, 
 Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul | [John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge]
my Sunday School book, The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury,
 The Family of Jesus
and my youth Bible Study with- Leah - and
 Leah: Confessions of a First Runner-Up, TrueLife Bible Studies    -     By: Shannon Primicerio
Ten Things for Teen Girls.
 10 Things for Teen Girls  -     By: Kate Conner
  I wonder why I am a bit scattered with books right now.  I took a big stack of magazines with me camping and was able to finish a bunch of started ones, so that was good.  One bite at a time.

So what are YOU doing??  Keeping on task or jumping around??  Several going to fight boredom or concentrating and crossing off those finished projects??  Hmmm.... Check out the others here...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Big Project...






    Every summer should have a big project.  Something that says, yes!  I have accomplished a large feat.  And now, after summer, it's past time to talk about mine.  We have some storage in that there garage.  And we store lots of stuff in it.  But, perhaps like you, the storing is more of piling...and there is no order or rhyme or reason after a while.

 So last year, I decided I could build some more shelves in my garage.  I already have some on one side of the garage, but this would be on the office side.  And this would mean hauling stuff out of the garage, throwing stuff out, sweeping stuff up, organizing, checking out the several piles of Christmas lights and cords and stuff that just might not work.  And if they don't work, THROW THEM OUT!!.  How many of you think it's necessary to keep it just in case...or as a spare....or the lights in the string might be good for something someday.  I realized I was turning into one of those people that could be buried under their stuff on a tv show and be OK with it.   How bad is that.  It was time for action.   Back a couple of cars out. Drag out bunches of stuff...and attack the problem.  It took, of course, more time than I thought it would.  The shelves, though doubted by some, are full of stuff and still hooked to the wall and no visible sagging has occurred.  I didn't appreciate the opinion that they weren't heavy enough, made of the right material, or engineered correctly.  Yeah, so you say.  They are done, they are up, and they are working. How good is that??  It's wonderful!  If I did nothing else this summer, that job would carry me through.  Even if you didn't think it looked better, with stuff up off the floor, it SMELLS so much better.
    Then today, I gave myself time off from my office stuff.  Pretty much, every day that I don't have appointments, or job errands, or other jobs to go to, I have office stuff here waiting for me.  I know.  You thought I was a sit around and eat bonbons girl.  Well, I might look like it, but most days I am working in our office, even though the washer and dryer are running and the dishwasher is swishing, I'm on the computer, or piling and adding, or copying and stapling.  But, today I excused myself from that. I even found these pumpkins on the way home from my moms.

 It has been feeling like fall air here, so I decided this was a good day for soup....and for bread...and so I made honey-oat bread,

 and then because I like to share it with my mom and dad and it never lasts long, I made a second batch of that...in the meantime, I was getting some frozen chicken to boiling and the ingredients around for one of our favorite soups- chicken wing.  Popped the stuff into the crockpot... And then for good measure I washed my quilt, my sheets and pulled off my summer blanket and got out my cold-weather blanket.  Actually, yesterday I came home from camping and puttered quite a bit and it felt good.  Putting stuff back to right.  Seems like too long since I've spent a day or three getting things in order just because.  Just because it's so much better for my stress level...and my mental health....and I can find things.  And because it makes me so DANG happy, I mixed up some Oatmeal Choc Chip cookies
and Original All-Bran muffins.  It's been too long.  I've missed days like today.  The sun was shining and it was beautiful out.  And I was smiling.  A few things that had me stewing a couple of days ago, have sorted themselves out and that rocked, too.
I realize I've not posted in a long time.  I'm just hoping to get back to some sort of routine here, and work it all out.
Hoping you are having a great Fall Y'All!
PS After supper, we took a little trip to Joann Fabrics for driving practice and I came home and put THIS together.  Yes, it was a very good day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some nights....

You just can't sleep.  Your brain doesn't turn off and you just think yourself awake.  If only there was a little switch, that makes the problems of the day stop, for just a couple of hours.  That makes the big stuff get small.  That makes the broken stuff get fixed.

And it's that end of summer weekend that marks the beginning of fall with back to school, and football and cooler temps, and changing leaves and although I'm good with all of those things, and snuggling up, it's a sad goodbye to summer. 

I stopped on the street yesterday to chat with a friend, whom I haven't talked with in a long while.  He said how are you?  No, really, how are you?? And I said tired.  I feel like I'm always running around.  Some people want that vacation full of activities and stuff and doing....I'm not those people.  I crave the quiet.  The lack of commitment that comes from going far enough away to not be able to do anything that needs doing at or from home.  You can field a few phone calls, but the rest - take a message.  If your life is full of obligations and activities and schedules and games and meets and practices, you might just know what I mean.  And then there is nice.  I've got quite a bit of nice.  And I like to share it with as many people as possible.  If you need help, and I can give it, I'm more than likely glad to do it.  But sometimes, nice gets pretty thin.  If you've been pouring out more than is coming in, than you get is a place that's tough.  I'm not meaning that not enough people are nice to me and I'm pouting about it.  I'm talking about setting aside a bit of time to be nothing, and God will take care of putting some nice back in your pitcher.  But you've got to sit still long enough for it to happen.  If you keep answering the phone and answering questions, and running here and picking up there, you too, could get a bit sparse in the nice department.  It's really too bad that it happens, but I think there was a plan involved with this.


So, if you're thinking you'd like to be here, don't look for me, because I'm thinking I really need to be someplace more like this one
 
so, if you can't find a spare minute to call your own...and you just need to regroup and rest up and reset yourself, perhaps you'll want to spend a little time here, too.  Alone, or mostly alone.  Maybe a few things like sewing, or knitting, or reading, but not too much.  'Cuz then it starts to be work and obligations and you've defeated the purpose by just bringing it along.  Yeah, I've been doing that, too.  I have a whole pile of magazines that are partly read and I don't know what ones I've read all the way and what ones are partially read or unread, so I just keep carrying this huge bag of reading material around from campsite to workplace to car trip, to whatever.  And then there are the multiple knitting projects in many zippered pouches, which seemed like a good thing to do, but I'm not going to do them all, so I'm thinking it's backfiring a bit.  But now it's fall, the season to hunker down and get ready for hibernating.  For preserving, canning, freezing and making ready.  I've got some tomatoes in jars on the counter, and some corn in the freezer.  My garden is a disaster, but I'm OK with that, all things considered.
Some housecleaning would probably be a good idea and some catching up in other areas.  I have a benefit for a friend with ALS next month and I need to get a Chinese Auction item or two ready for that.  I have a new Sunday School year starting in a couple of weeks, so we are getting our books in for that.  We have a new year of youth Bible Study starting in September, so got to get that bookage lined up.  School is starting, which means football.  The fullness of the calendar doesn't excite me, it tends to depress me.  Something's got to give.  Looking for balance.. looking for less...hmmmm

so


two

Saturday, July 5, 2014

just books..

Even if all I write about is what I'm reading....at least I'm writing something.
Yesterday was July 4th.  And on July 4th, I get people for supper and fireworks at my house.  It's not a bad thing, it just is the way it is.
So, on July 5th, I like to do not-too-much.  Today, that consisted of grabbing the Karen Kingsbury book- The Chance-

 The Chance   -     By: Karen Kingsbury
 I had started and reading in my chair on my deck.

It was peaceful and just what I needed today.  The glass was a bottomless helping of iced tea, frequently mixed with lemonade.  It was hot and it was filled a lot and the ice would melt and I'd just need more.  The cordless was out there with me, well, because I was alone and I didn't want to jump up and check if it was someone important...so here I sat, in all my hours of afternoon today.  Thankful for the freedom to do just that.
Bible School starts tomorrow night, but I think I can bop out for the few things I still need for that and be back before Addie closes her ice cream doors for the night.  I'm thinking there will NOT be 40 flavors left at that time, but as long as I can find one of my favorites, it's all good.
Happy Weekend to you all.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

hey there...

It is summer....yeah, baby!
It's hot.  It's sticky.  School is out.  I've attended my last graduation party and I'm looking at a nightmare kid's activity schedule.  It must be summer.  So I finished my first summer read today.  It's not a book I would normally have read.  The language and parts of the content are not my style and a little more racy than what I read.  But the story line had me hooked and I read it to the end.  It was a different ending than I expected....and I think it made me sad, when I had hopes of a happy ending.  I'm just that way...do you prefer happy endings, or are you good with whatever comes your way??


 SO, not to give the book awat, but just reading off the front cover-
If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams?  What's on your Wish List??

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Camping for the first time this season.  We chose a campground close to home because we always seem to have stuff. This weekend I had a bridal shower and a kid playing in a basketball tourney. Turns out he is getting along with the help of others and I bopped out for a few hours and then back again. We both needed to get away from home. This camping thing is a little like running away with a whole bunch of your stuff.

Yeah. It's a bit scary of a picture but it is who we are. We did bring the dog who discovered last night that when no kids go along, the couch is empty all night. Guess where he was this morning??
When I loaded the stuff back in the camper for the year I remembered that I was going to sew a camper quilt and haven't yet. Going on the list and close to the top.
I had mixed reviews from friends when I talk about camping. Some think it is too much work and no kind of fun.  I assure them that my camping is far from roughing it. Listened to another friend talk about her childhood memories of family camping trips and the camper they had and the restriction that each child had to fit her clothes into a dishpan with her name on it and that their frig was really more a cool that had a big chunk of ice in it that got smaller as time went by, giving them more room for food but they were eating the food up and didn't need the space. Imagine that camping with Wayde was an adventure all its own.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Where in the world am I?? Yarn Along

" ~ 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...
link over and see what everyone is working on...


Does it sometimes seem like you just drop out of the world and spin for a while?  I don't mean spin yarn.  I just mean spin your wheels.  I've been trying a little harder the last couple of days.  Writing lists and crossing things off.  Trying to stay on task.   I'm not so good at that these days.
So, after taking it easy Sunday, and mostly Monday, too, I sat down Monday and typed up a form for a TO DO list for me and ran off a half dozen.  Yes, I have a ton of scrap paper that could be called upon to use for a TO DO list.  But I'm looking to motivate myself and make the list more difficult to lose.  I'm looking to keep on task.  I'm looking to not lose so much time figuring out what was it I wanted to do today??  Or, oh, rats.  I forgot to call and make that appointment.  So Monday, I started making a list for Tuesday...and I got lots done on that list, by gum.  And then last night, I got another sheet, and started the list for today.  And I got to cross a lot off of that list, too.  I still have a little more time for today's list, then it's on to tomorrow.  I have to go to my dog & cat job tomorrow, so the list won't get near as many XX's on it, but I'll put GO TO WORK on there, so I can cross it off!!  Are you a list person???

First there is the checking in for the reading part of the yarn along...  Here are what I had at home this week.  I got them on interloan from my library and then renewed them.  Spinning there, too.  I realllly liked The Feast Nearby a lot.  Thinking about picking up my own copy of that.  I think I'd reference it again.  Mud Season was funny.  OK.  I've become a bit more of a prude.  If there are a lot of cuss words, I return the book.  I don't want someone to tell me that it is dialogue and that's how they talk.  That's really not how my friends and I talk.  So halfway through, I decided back it goes.  The Forest Years I started.  And I'd like to read it.  But I ran out of time.  And although my Library is alright with me renewing more than once, interloan has a limit.  So back it goes.  But I'm also checking on ebay and amazon for a good used copy fairly cheap.  I've found the two separate, but not both books together in this form....still looking.
Then I picked up a couple of other books.  One I had order on interloan again.  I had heard about Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl maybe on Yarn Along.  And then I picked up A Single Shard, which is part of my Newbery Award list...and this Susan Mallery, Already Home.  Think I'd better add READ to my list for tonight and tomorrow!!  Read any good books lately??

THEN -- there is the knitting part of this deal.  This is the grrlfriend market bag.  Haven't tried it out shopping yet, but it is fun to look at!!  I just wanted to try it and see what I could do....
This is the issue I have in my yarn stash right now.  Too much digging and not enough organizing. And I've vowed that I need to work on a WIP at least part of the time, even if I start something new...so....

It's time to drag these back out and get moving.  The stripedy stocking I really like, but I started it on a pretty small needle for this type of yarn, so it makes my fingers hurt, so I can only knit on it for a little while, then I switch it out.  But there is the green vest that I can go with now!   Each time I say this is takes a night to figure out where I am and then I'm good to knit for a while.  Perhaps tonight, after I plant the stuff I bought at the Amish greenhouse today, I can sit and figure a bit.  I really want to wear this vest this winter.  Think that's a possibility??  Hoping, hoping....

Sooooo...do tell.....what are you reading and knitting and yarning on about????

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A graduate party

Yesterday, we celebrated our daughter's graduation from college.  I had asked what she wanted to do and she said the ticket number was limited, but she'd like to have the grandparents meet us at a restaurant after the ceremony for dinner together.  For us, this is a little more of a special circumstance.  We are one of those blended family type of things.



Both parents have remarried.  There are 3 shared children and an extra boy in each family.


 So we take pictures with each group...
And all of our parents are still alive.  So that means 4 sets of grandparents, together with the kids, her boyfriend, and his mom and brother, all got together to eat.

 She realizes what a special thing it is to have all these people supporting you as you go through your life.  Some of these people have some pretty serious health issues.  But they find the time to support the kids in their lives and to show that life is about caring and sharing.  And about just loving each other.  No matter how we got to this place.  We did it together.  And in some families, you get 8 times the blessings.

 And that guy and his family, pretty nice addition to the party...

Congratulations, dear daughter.  You have a wonderful life ahead of you.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

While you were gone....

It's just a thing I do....  After the hubby's craziness of work is done April 15th, he takes off to go on a golf trip.  And I do a project.  We finished on Tuesday, but he was waiting until after Easter, and I wrote about some already...
There was the 3 generation mani-pedi date on day #1


Then day # 2 had me looking at some ugly carpet for the last time....

Photo: #2. Rip out carpet.




























Ripping and rolling the old stuff and getting ready for the new floor...

Photo: Carpet-gone!
And as long as we are ripped up, the walls got a new coat, but the picture is not that clear...so it's not posted.
Day  #3 was the day of new floor...and it worked out well, and I really really like it!!

 Photo: I'm loving this!!

And then there was Day #4 which was the day the entry got a fresh coat of paint and then the hallway ceiling got freshened.  The walls of the hall got a coat of leftover paint from the Erie office last week and although I bought a big piece of threshold for the doors and closet of my flooring, I changed my mind and just cut a couple of pieces from what I had left. 
I have a couple of other projects on the list for summer.  Some shelves, some cleaning out and pitching, some good stuff.

And I've been knitting and reading a bit, but I didn't take pictures and I'm not writing now, so next week, I'll catch you up on it.


Photo: Covered up the scuffs and scratches here. And then there was the ceiling in the hallway. I'm tired. Guess I'd better go to work tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No yarn to along....

Instead of my Yarn Along post tonight, I'm posting my own HGTV episode. OK.  This point came up in discussion today.  Is it just me, or have the DIY shows moved from Trading Spaces and Mission Organization, where there were ideas for anyone to try out, to let's buy a $450,000 home and use another $100,000 to reno it so it is a great starter home.  Professionals doing the work in 4 weeks.  Less and less ideas for the working girl to try out.  Perhaps I just need to adjust my watching times.

Anyway, today, I tried Pergo.  It was all ready to go and after my highschooler went to the dentist and was returned to school, I picked up the 4 pieces that my uncle had ripped the tongue off of....sounds pretty creepy, but it has to be done.  I put in some spacers and started laying it down.  I learned a few things.  I should probably write them down, so I don't forget for next time.  There could be a next time.  I guess I just have to see how this stuff wears.  I like the look.  I'll pick up a couple of rugs to throw around and all will be good.  And the room is clean, so there's that going for me, too!

Just waiting for a call from the oldest to meet him for a drug dog drop.  Yes, Giovanni is coming to visit while they are at a wedding.  That should prove to be interesting.

I'm sort of ready for a nap, but it will wait a little longer...  I'll sleep good tonight. :o)  In my clean, reno'd by me, room!!

Camping Cozy in my room

I'm in the middle of a project.  It's a tradition I have.  We are a tax season family.  Hubby is a CPA and I'm his paper-pushing helper.  I know I've written it many times from January to April.  But it is that time.  The deadline has come and gone and now we are breathing a little freer...taking a break from CRAZY and enjoying a bit of other things.  My hubby's reward is a golf trip.  Every spring for many, many years, he leaves to go to North Carolina to golf with friends.  Although I have gone along a couple of times and visited with my sister, I have other things I like to do, too.  It is my project time.  I pick something that needs attention and after he leaves, I rip into it.
A few years ago, I painted my room.  I think the date on the can was 4 years ago.  I painted my creamy tax bedroom walls dark green...but that was the second color.  The first one was sort of taupe.  It was the new color in the bathroom that I liked so much, I thought I'd bring it out into the bedroom.  Bad answer.  It had more of a gray look to it.  And anyone who knows me very well, knows gray and I are NOT friends.  So I painted the first wall....which just happens to be the tallest in my cathedral ceiling bedroom...and I went to Lowe's and they mixed me a dark green and I climbed the ladder and repainted the wall dark green and then the other two walls, too.  The fourth wall has a creamy background with pine trees on it.  It has been on that wall probably 15 years.  I love that paper and it is stuck down pretty good, so it stays...and the green walls matched quite well.  But one coat wasn't really enough.  They were a bit streaky and needed a second coat.  But I'd lost my ambition and just didn't want to climb the ladder anymore, so I left it that way.  Not a horrible look, but on a sunny day, I'd often scold myself for not doing the second coat while the room was messed up.  So this was on my list for Golf Week.  Among other things.....
So far, my mom, daughter, and I went to visit my sister and we all had mani-pedi treatments.  It was fun and lovely.  I wasn't going to do the manicure since I knew I was going into project week, but then I gave in.  They are looking a bit rough around the edges, but the treatment was worth it.  Then we had lunch together and bid her ado and drove home.
Home project #1 was a new outdoor light beside my door.  This house was built in the 70's and somethings still scream 'Brady Bunch house'.  When 'harvest gold' is part of the description, you know you might be a bit dated.  So I picked out something I liked and brought it home and flipped the breaker and undid the old one, wired up the new one, put in a 60 watt bulb, turned the electric back on a smile when it worked.  Then a little later, I replaced the 60 with a 40 watt bulb.  It's still quite bright, but I like it alot.  Cheap thrill. Much increased curb appeal.
Home project #2 was to rip up the old carpet in my bedroom.  Did you ever put down a carpet that just didn't quite do it??  It looked good at first, then it started looking a bit dirty, so I cleaned it and I swear that made it look worse...and it hasn't ever gotten better.  Add a couple of doggie incidents and ...Live and learn.  There is a lot of furniture in my bedroom....heavy furniture.  Some of it just got shuffled back and forth, but many pieces are in the living room and Andy's since she headed back to college yesterday with great looking nails!  The carpet and pad are out of the room and out of the house.  Mom showed up to help.  She can't pass up a good DIY and cleaning opportunity. Yahoo!!  It feels cleaner in here already.  Then, as long as the room is messed up already.....
Home project #3 is that second coat of green paint.  Had it done before I ate supper...well, I did eat quite late, but had to finish that first.  Feeling good and it's only Tuesday...I think...is it??
Home project #4 starts in the morning after taking a boy to the dentist and then to school.  I have many boxes of Pergo in my living room waiting to be installed in the bedroom.  I am hoping to have not too many problems.  I'm thinking positive.  I told my mom that this is when everything goes wrong on the TV redo's and the wires and plumbing and rotting something are discovered and the foundation needs redone and the whole project gets delayed and they call in the hazmat team.... nope, not going to happen.  We will have a great looking floor in there before the weekend.  I might even have a few pictures.
Home Project #5 ...??? depends on what happens with project #4.  Tune in to find out!!

So, it was time for bed and my room is barely there, but my bed was and I looked at my daughter's bed and my mostly empty room and I was going to just sleep in her bed, but maybe I'll have to tomorrow night, but I like sleeping in my own bed, so I just grabbed a sheet out of the closet, and her pillows and an extra quilt and Scott's couch cozy blanket and went to the bed.  The dog won't sleep in here this week, even though he sleeps here every other night.  He sleeps in the kitchen, close to the door.  He is waiting for Scott to come home.  He is a one-man dog and I know that.  Can't fight that kind of loyalty.
Have a great night...morning...day....

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??