Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Anyway, life goes on. I have been crocheting (of course) and have gotten some Christmas gifts finished and made some more afghans just because. I'll post some pictures one of these days.
Going on a cruise in just a few days! Leaving home for Miami this Friday, will board the Liberty of the Seas Saturday morning for a 7 day cruise of the Western Caribbean. Going with our friends (who are also my bosses!) Mike and Sally. It is the first cruise for them and we are all excited.
Today we are going the Mama's to have a family birthday party for Kaitlyn who turned 7 on Oct 2.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Anyway, been busy here. Trying to do some much needed house cleaning. And I joined weight watchers on line last week and started the program on Monday. So I have been busy reading and studying about what I needed to do for that and spending a lot of time on the computer looking for recipes.
Mama has decided it is time for her to move into assisted living so we are going to her house tomorrow and helping her to move in. Will be a big adjustment but I think she is making the right decision. Yesterday was her 85th birthday!
Have done very little crocheting lately but have done some.
Made final payment on our October cruise on Monday. That means it won't be long now!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I have the winterberry tote finished except for the lining. I decided I didn't like the lining material I bought for it so now I'm going to look for something I like better. Hope to find it this week but there is really no hurry on getting it finished.
Monday, July 6, 2009
This afternoon I took out a bunch of rows I had done on the next purse I was making. I had already cut the size down a good bit from the pattern for a tote but I decided it was still too large for what I had in mind. I knew I would not be happy with it the way it was, so I took it out and ripped back to make a smaller base. Now I am starting up the sides again and think I will like this size much better. Now the base is about the same size as the purple ombre one that I just finished. I am much happier with what I have so far. I will just make the height until it 'feels right' and then do the handles. I'm going back to work some more on it as soon as I get of the computer.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I just love her website and tutorials. Lots of pics and easy to understand instructions and there are even some good videos, too.
Anyway, I just finished the bag (did the small version) and next is lining it; again with a tutorial from future girl.
Also, yesterday I got the nicest phone call from the lady at the HMH cancer center about the caps I donated last week. She was really appreciative of them. I am going in to meet her next Monday and see what else they need other than caps (She is only there on Monday and Tuesday).
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"Being a member of our active knitting and crocheting group, Hearts of Love ♥, casts its primary focus upon joyfully creating a new wave of FASHION FLAIR chemo caps with designer highlights and touch of class in our beautiful creations. Our designer chemo caps are taking artistry to new heights and providing extra love and hugs in our creations.
In additon to the beauty and joy of making chemo caps for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, our members also enjoy making scarves, dishcloths, prayers shawls, ponchos, socks, washcloths, neckwarmers and lapghans and more to brighten the lives of our lives with a smile and a hug. Love is like a flower that blooms with our special creations here.
MEMBERS can make chemo caps here for anyone or anyplace that they wish. Our optional GROUP project, open to any members who are interested, supports the UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER CANCER CENTER located in Northern California. This Cancer Center provides us with the opportunity to make our chemo caps for all ages from infants to children to teens to adults."
If you would like to join this group on Ravelry, you are most welcome to do so. Here is a link to the opening group page:
Hope to see you there!
I got my order of Peaches and Creme late yesterday. Woo Hoo! Now I have more colors to play with! More choices for chemo caps and other things.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I think I will make a sidebar entry to help me keep track of what I have donated.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
We had a great time at Myrtle Beach and Mama enjoyed it, too. Only took a few pictures, though.
I have been busily crocheting away on chemo caps and newborn caps that I intend to donate. Still working on the details on doing that but I'm making more in the mean time. Here are group pictures of the ones I've made so far...
The first picture is of the ones I made on vacation, the second is for newborns, the third is child sized, and the fourth is adult sized. Oh, they are all made with Peaches and Creme worsted weight cotton yarn.
edit: Oops! Forgot to upload one of the photos. Here it is..
Now that is all 31 that I have made so far.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Got a good bit of crocheting done while there...I made 3 more angel wing shawls; one in hot rose, one in periwinkle, and one in peacock ILTY.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to the doctor for my annual visit and get my meds renewed. After that I plan on getting my hair cut. It sure needs it! Plus I need to go to AAA to get the Triptik for our trip to Myrtle Beach. Getting close now---we leave May 29!
Monday, May 11, 2009
These are in yellow daisy and peppercorn ombre Peaches and Creme.
And this one is in blue swirls.Some potholders.And hotpads.Plastic bag keeper.Coasters and dishcloth in blue swirls.Close up of one coaster.Close up of a dishcloth.Some more dishcloths.
I will be off line for the next few days. Mama is having surgery tomorrow morning early so we are going to her house this evening and I will probably stay with her until Saturday. She has no internet so I'll have a lot catch up on when I get home! I'm taking bunches of yarn and projects to work on while there, though. So I'll try to update when I get home!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We made our weekend trip to Gatlinburg after tax season. Had a good time and relaxed. It rained on us most of the time but that was okay.
We did have an experience the week before we went to Gatlinburg. On the way to Louisville to visit with friends, a wild turkey hit us. Now you wouldn't think a turkey could do that much damage but it did! It hit our grill then slid over the hood and across the roof of my car. We had to have the grill, it's supports, the medallion on the front all replaced, it damaged the hood and it had to be removed, repaired and repainted. All in all, insurance allowed almost $800 after our deductible to get it fixed. And they provided a rental car for the week that my car was in the shop. I'm just glad it didn't cause a full wreck with us hitting another car or something. Luckily there was no other traffic around us at the time.
I ordered a bunch of yarn and it is due to arive today! Love getting more yarn! This is all cotton yarn on cones, with one exception and that is a cone of super petalspun rayon that I want to use for a shawl. It is all from Peaches 'n Creme. I'm gonna have fun!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I made another market bag yesterday; it is a different pattern than the other 2 though. I don't like the finished product as well. I started another one today that is like the first 2 except I made the base larger. Still working on the sides and I think I'm going to run out of yarn before finishing. Yikes! I'll just have to finish with a different color of cotton yarn. I would rather it all be the same, but since this is bigger, it won't be enough. I'm sure I have some other that will blend okay with it.
My big news of the day is......We booked another cruise today! It is not until the end of April of NEXT year but we like to plan ahead. We will be cruising with some of our cruise friends on our favorite ship---Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. It is at a great price right now and will be going to the Mexican Riviera. We've never been there so it will be all new ports for us. Just found out about the cruise this morning and booked this afternoon. So I've been excited all day and not able to think about much else (that's why the bag isn't done yet!).
Friday, April 3, 2009
I will say that I started another afghan yesterday. I am doing a Grandmother's Flower Garden with hexagon motifs. The original pattern shows a cream or white background but I am planning to do mine with a black background. I think it makes the colors stand out more. I will need to make 473 hexes for this and I have made 35 so far. Still quite a way to go! This is one that I will probably work on a little at a time as I get the colors. I am planning on using left over ILTY yarn from other projects for the flowers. Hopefully, I'll only need to buy the black for the background.
I tried to get the yarn last Saturday to make an afghan for Kaitlyn but the Hobby Lobby I went to was out of the pinks that I wanted and I didn't have time to go to another one. And since she requested 2 shades of pink, that is what I MUST have! Don't want to disappoint her!
Oh, yes, I will say that Patti was surprised and really liked her angel wings shawl. She has been telling me at work all winter that I could make her a shawl and her favorite color was yellow. So last weekend I decided to make her one. I made it Sunday afternoon and gave it to her on Monday.
I found another 'green' bag pattern this morning that I want to make. I really like the ones I made last weekend but this one is bigger. I'm thinking about making it to carry yarn projects. I couldn't lift it if I put groceries in it like it was intended! May try it this weekend if we don't make it back to HL to look for Kaitlyn's pink yarns.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
My fingers are working again! I was able to crochet last night and this morning! Gee, I really missed being able to crochet! It is one thing when you decide on your own to take a break for a couple of days, but when your fingers just won't work without hurting is a totally different thing!
That's all for now; time to leave for work.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The garbage cake was a hit yesterday.
I've worked some more on the jacket. I need to make it longer than the pattern calls for because I want it to come at least to my waist; I don't want it to be cropped. But it is slow-going right now. My fingers are bothering me today (dear old Arthur!) so not feeling much like crocheting. That usually makes my hands feel better and loosen up some but not today. So spending more time reading or surfing the net. Been looking at different afghans and deciding what I want to make. I've been thinking about a scrap yo yo design for a while but think I might get too tired of it before I ever got it finished. Or maybe a hexagon granny. And I have several other ideas in the thinking stage, too. Don't have to decide anything yet at any rate.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I took a vanilla candle in to work last week. It about drove the ladies crazy; they said it smelled like birthday cake. So they said I had to make a cake and bring it to the office to make up for smelling the candle all week! So this afternoon I made a cake to take to work tomorrow. It's not a birthday cake, but it is a cake, all the same. It is called "Garbage Cake" and is a really rich coffee cake with lots of brown sugar and cinnamon in it and in the topping. The recipe is from my cookbook that I published in the early 80s. Hard to believe that was almost 30 years ago! Time sure flies!
Only one more month to go and tax season will be over! Yippee! And that means we'll soon be going to Gatlinburg for a long weekend to celebrate another season being finished. And I'm thinking about what project I want to work on while there.
Oh, I added some 'blinkies' on my sidebar last night. Hope you like them.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I think my body has announced that it is officially spring, regardless of what the calendars say. My head is stopped up, eyes are watering, sinuses are draining, and I'm coughing....in other words, spring allergies have started. I noticed a few days ago that the trees had started to bud so I was expecting it. Still, it has put a damper on crocheting; just haven't felt like doing any today. I'm going to try to do some in a little bit, but I'm not going to push it. I have started on a mitered poncho in Montana Sky Homespun. I love this color.
We took Mel and Linda out for his birthday last night. We had a good time but the restaurant messed up both of their meals. Linda sent hers back and it still wasn't right the second time; Mel tried to go ahead and eat his, but he just couldn't do it. The waitress wanted to get them something else but by then, they had both lost their appetites and didn't want anything else. At least the manager took their meals off the bill.
It is beginning to thunder off in the distance now so I'd better close and do what else I needed to do on here so I can shut it down.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Slow day at work today. I've only done one return so far and have one appointment (at 12:30). I get to leave at 1:00 today.
Maurice is not feeling very well today. He either has a bad cold or sinus problems. Probably spring allergies are starting for him. I've noticed some of the trees starting to bud. I've been sniffling more than usual, too. I always do when the trees start to bud in the spring.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The shrug/jacket is coming along nicely; just a few more rows and I'll have the basic body done and ready to sew the sides together. Then it is on to the shell borders. If I like this as well as I think I will when it is finished, I can see myself making several more of these in other colors and for gifts.
It is still cold today but the weather people are promising a warm up starting tomorrow and we are supposed to be in the upper 60s by the end of the week.
Back to working on the shrug.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I finished the sweater that I had to restart. Had several bumps along the way and had to take out and redo some but I made it. The first bump was I made the sleeves too long. I shortened the first one when I made it but I forgot to take into account that the shoulders of the sweater would hang past my shoulders (I have almost no shoulders!) so I had to take the top half of the sleeve out and redo it. Then the neckline of the sweater was way too wide so I improvised...I added some rows of dc aroud the top of it to fill in some; now it is better. And last, I decided I did not want the scarf attached that went with it. So I just didn't make it. Anyway, it is done. I'll try to take picture later today and post it. After all of that, I'm not sure whether I like it or not. It doesn't fit quite like I wanted it to but it will work.
So yesterday afternoon, I started going through patterns trying to decide what I wanted to make next. Nothing I had grabbed me so I went surfing for patterns. I found a shrug/jacket at Maggies Crochet that reached out and grabbed me.....luckily it was a downloadable pattern so I didn't have to wait to get it. I ordered it, printed it out, and got started. I carefully checked my gauge and began last night. I'm using ILTY in periwinkle for it. It calls for LB wool-ease which is the same weight as ILTY. When I did the yardage comparisons, I found out I will need 5 skeins of ILTY and I have 6 of the periwinkle so I'm off and running.
Here is a picture from the front of the pattern just to have an idea of what it should look like. That is definitely NOT me in the picture and mine will be periwinkle instead of the white pictured.
Work has slowed down now....that is normal for us....March is usually slow....so I am getting some time off. I still go in all 5 days, but the days are shorter. Suits me just fine. Mondays I go in an hour later, Tuesdays and Thursdays I get off an hour earlier, and Wednesdays and Fridays I only work 9-1. Sounds good.
Friday I started researching places to stay in Miami in October the night before our cruise. Found one place that sounds very interesting and the price seems good, too. Also began looking at flights. Nothing decided for sure yet though. Want to coordinate with Mike and Sally too.
Today I'm going to try to get reservations at Gatlinburg for the weekend after tax season to just get away and unwind. (Like we really need an excuse to go there!) Edited to add: I just made our ressies, got what we wanted, so we are booked!
But enough rambling for now. Try to not be gone from here a whole week this time.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The color is called Barrington. It isn't quite as purple as it looks on my screen; it is acutally a tweedy mixture of purples and teals. I really like the color. The photo doesn't really do it justice. I needed a model for it but no one was available when I took the picture.
I did get the next sweater started Thursday but I had a major problem with it. I measured it after I had almost all the back done and it was not matching my gauge swatch! It wasn't even close! I have no idea why that happened. I did a swatch and it was right on the money but when I measured the width, it was almost TEN inches narrower along the bottom edge than it was supposed to be! So I took another skein of yarn and started swatching again with larger hooks. I never could get it to match. I was really getting frustrated! So I put it aside and thought about it for a while. Then yesterday afternoon I got it back out again and did more measuring. I figured out how many stitches I needed to start with using the same hook I had originally used. So then I frogged it all and started all over again last night. You'd better believe I did a LOT of measuring as I went this time! And I'm matching the measurements just right. I have the back and the left front completed and they match up just fine! Next will be the right front and then the sleeves.
On another note, the guys finished getting all the yard debris cleaned up Friday night. It looks so much better! And the plumber came by to see just what he needed to get and will be back Wednesday to put in a new hot water heater and a new sink and commode in the bathroom. The water heater replacement was due to the storm; the other part wasn't. We had intended to replace them this spring anyway but decided to go ahead and have him do it all while he was here this time.
We had more snow last night. At least it wasn't much and there was no ice to speak of with it so it wasn't bad at all. I am ready for spring!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Since we've gotten our insurance money from the storm damage (did I say that before?) we got in touch with the guy that we wanted to do the tree/limbs removal and he will start either today or tomorrow. I'll sure be glad to get rid of all that debris! I'm sure our neighbors will be glad, too. I think we are the last ones on our street with tree debris still in the yards (except for what is at the curb waiting to be picked up).
I'm going to try to get the next sweater started here at home this morning before I leave for work. I'd rather start them at home where I can concentrate on getting the first little bit done without interruptions.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Work is calming down now and I sure am glad! I'm still very tired when I get home but it isn't as bad now. The worst part about it is when I get so tired my stinosis acts up more and I'm in more pain. But at least now I know what it is and I have medication that helps with the pain, too.
I'm still waiting on my patterns that I orderd from Annie's Attic last week. They have been shipped and I should get them some time this week. I ordered a basic cardigan, a basic pullover, and a vest pattern.
Gonna go catch up on emails and then call it a night.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I finished adding more rows to Maurice's VVS last night. He says it is perfect now!
Gonna go get dressed and then back to the Poncho until time for lunch and leaving for work.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
And this is a closeup of part of the bottom trim that I added.
The color doesn't show up accurately; it really is a true teal in real life. It looks more blue in the pictures than it is.
I also finished a small blue varigated basket like the larger one that I had made. I did it just like the large one except I didn't do as many rounds for the bottom. Here is a pic of it.
Yesterday we went to Mel and Linda's where she was cooking a birthday dinner for me since we didn't get to see them last weekend. It was great! She makes the best hamburgers! (And I'm not just saying this because she reads my blog!) Supper was great, I really liked my gifts, and we had a good time. We watched two movies--Space Buddies and Open Season 2--and they were very enjoyable. The guys watched another movie that Linda and I didn't care to see. We went to the computer and I showed her some crochet instruction sites so she can learn some more stitches. She is doing great so far and what she is doing is looking good! Then we just talked and visited.
Work had calmed down a little bit by Friday afternoon. I certainly hope this week is calmer than it has been. I'm ready for a break!
I bought more yarn over the weekend. I got enough Homespun in Barrington color to make the Lion Brand Day to Night Poncho all in the day version and enough Homespun in Cobalt to make the Vintage Tie Jacket also from Lion Brand. Think I'll do the poncho first.
Oh, Maurice decided he would like his VVS afghan to be a little wider--6 or so inches--so I have been adding on to it, too. Since I did not put any kind of border around it, it is no problem to make it wider. Have added about 4 more inches to it so far.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I think I'm gonna make another basket like the blue/white one only smaller while I decide what other project to start next.
It was crazy at work yesterday. Thanks to the computer problems last Friday, I had THREE appointments for me at the SAME time! I had one right after another all day yesterday. And these were all my regular customers that would not let anyone else do their returns. I got them done and no one had to wait very long. Hopefully today will be a little calmer; I'm still worn out from yesterday.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday was my birthday and it was wild at work so no time to post. The main problem was the computers. Our program crashed! Tech support was working on it all day. They did get it to where we could do tax returns before too long, but we could not transmit anything. It lost our scheduled appointments list so we had no idea who was supposed to come in. So we had no idea if we were double booking anyone or not. Then it kept locking up and we had to reboot the server and start over again. But I think all is fixed now.
Maurice and I went to Stone Hearth after work Friday for a very nice steak dinner to celebrate my birthday. I was so tired when we got home that I fell asleep in my chair a little after 8; woke up around 9 and got up and went to bed! I'm such a party animal!
Got a call from the insurance people tonight and someone is supposed to be here Thursday morning to assess the damage. So maybe we can get started on getting things back to normal soon.
I spent over $200 restocking the fridge this weekend. Yesterday afternoon I made more soup and put it in the freezer and I cooked another ham in the crock pot overnight and it is packaged and in the freezer now, too. Slowly getting it all together.
Back to crocheting.....since I am almost finished with this jacket, I need to decide what I want to do next. I have the yarn for 3 more projects so I just need to decide what I want to start next. Decisions, decisions......
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Had a nice post and when I hit publish, it vanished!
The rush is on at work so not much time to post. It will slow back down soon, though. Very little internet time at the moment. Still trying to work on my sweater when I have time. Finished the first sleeve last night so that just leaves the other sleeve, putting it all together, and adding a small collar. Then I'll decide if I want to add some kind of edging around the bottom or not.
Back to work now.........
Sunday, February 1, 2009
We were lucky with all the trees in our yard, that only one tree did any damage to the house. We had one limb go through the roof and leave a hole about 3 inches in diameter. One of our neighbors came over today and did a temporary patch to it to hold it until we can get the insurance people to check it out and see what kind of damage was actually done. And we lost all the food in the refrigerator and freezer. But it could have been so much worse and we are very thankful that it was no worse than it was. Our neighbors seem to have fared okay, too, in that we did not see any major house damages.
Friday, January 30, 2009
But while I'm at work, I'm getting a lot of crocheting done! Already have the back, all the right front, and half the left front done on a sweater.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This is icicles hanging from our front porch.
This is looking out toward the street from our front door.
This is looking toward our neighbors house.
This is looking toward the same neighbors back yard.
This is a bush behind our garage.
Icicles on the back roof.
Close up of ice on some trees.