Monday, November 30, 2015

YOP Week #20

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated it and if not I hope you had a great weekend!  I know I did but it has been very busy....more about that later and my Thanksgiving but for now I think it is Week #20 but it could be Week #21 of YOP...someone please let me know as I don't want to go back and count it out.  LOL! 
Anyway, I've been hustling around here and for as slow as I am that is probably medium speed for you normal people.  I finished the plant markers but they don't look that much different than before.  I'll probably show you next week when I get them wrapped a little cuter.
I'm panicking about now as everything is supposed to be in the mail by the 12th to guarantee delivery by Christmas and my "list" is still in my head....not good!
Here's what I have to show you.........Grayson's hat...I will finish this by today for sure!  Just the ear flaps and the i-cord ties left to do.
I started and finished a cowl for my daughter.  I just need to weave in the ends.  If I could just hire someone to weave in ends I'd be a lot farther along!  
Sorry for the lousy photos but little Miss Peeps was in attack mode and I was afraid she was going to snag things.   See that look in her eyes?  Watch out!
I have the corner-to-corner blanket as wide as I want it now and have used up 3 or 4 skeins of yarn (there are so many skeins of this stuff.....I might be able to make them a pillow to match).
 Now I have to go revisit Mickey's instructions (Crochet Crowd on You Tube) on how to make it a rectangle instead of a square.
OMG!  Is that yarn hanging from her mouth?  Someone is getting a "timeout" and it's not me!
 I crocheted 6 coasters for my son but again there are ends to weave in and they will be getting colored "stripes" in between each row.Hopefully that will fix the "blahness" that emanates from them at the moment. 
 These are the beginning of "reindeer" mittens (2 pair need to be crocheted) and then I have to find a pattern for shark mittens for Uriah as he is a shark fanatic!  I already know what I'm making for his birthday in July.  Lion Brand has a free pattern for a shark rug....oh yeah!  
 I have some sewing to do too but will I get to it?  Stay tuned!  Tomorrow I'll blog about books as I've finished some good ones.
I got this card from some friends in Illinois and that is exactly how I feel!  In case you're wondering how a person celebrates a holiday's how I did.  I got a Butterball turkey breast bone in  (I highly recommend it!  Delish!), I made scalloped corn, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy and a pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  While I cooked I watched a marathon of Anne of Green Gables that was on PBS starting at 8:30 in the morning.  I got several calls from family and crocheted and knitted and had a wonderful dinner with a glass of my favorite wine...Mad Housewife (name of the wine not me)! LOL!  It was a wonderful relaxing day filled with gratitude!  Later during the weekend, I got to actually SEE on television here in the South... the Bears beat the Packers at Green Bay and Iowa win too!  What more could a gal ask for?  It rained for the whole holiday weekend but we were cozy and full all weekend! LOL!
Happy Trails!     
P.S.  Yes, the girls got some turkey too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's Tuesday and my books arrived!!!!

This was the sunrise coming up early this morning....clouds today but no rain until Thanksgiving which I am grateful for as I have to drive to Mountain Home tomorrow for my last doctor appointment before Winter. 

 "You're leaving me?  Alone?   With all these animals I have been harassing for months?  Uh oh....I might be in big trouble!"
 But on a brighter books finally came was SO hard to chose which one to read first
 I might have to read this one on the sly too as I could use some miracles in the financial department! LOL!  I just found out I need new tires at $600-$800 for 4.  Last time I got them it was $400 for 4.  Everything's going up except my income!
 Isn't this the cutest cover?  I'm a sucker for a good cover.
 I finally narrowed it down to this one and the next one................
 and I chose to start this one........I couldn't wait either so I grabbed a water and went outside and sat in the sun and read for a doesn't wast time either....the story takes off immediately...quite a bit different than Kate Morton's long tales but I love her books too.  It is cold here at night and we've had several hard frosts now but during the day it heats up to the high 50's or low 60' perfect temps!
 I'm still reading these 2...not sure if I mentioned Extra Virgin last week?  It's my non-fiction of books I own and it's about 2 sisters who buy an old ruin of a house in Italy and fix it up but it's much more than that as she talks of the people and the regional differences and it's entertaining so far except the Italian words she throws in as if you know Italian.  It takes place in 1983...Annie Hawes is one of the sisters and I'm guessing that might actually be a picture of the house they fixed up.  I love the red metal roof but I'm curious about the rocks on it...hmmm.....I'll let you know if I find out.  
 Still slogging through this one and hardly touched it this week but I'm on page 289 now....
 I thought I'd be done with this audio by now and I'm close but "no cigar".....this is truly enjoyable and Richard Thomas does an excellent job!  It is a "performance" by Mr. Thomas...not a "reading"...big difference!
 Well, that's all for now!  Happy Trails!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Days!!!!

I had a talk with my daughter and asked her not to read my blog until after Christmas as I couldn't blog about anything!  Every time I wanted to share something I couldn't because it had something to do with Christmas or so it seemed.  So, I am now at liberty to share everything!  Well, almost everything....LOL!
Remember this yarn...Lion Brand Homespun...the yarn from hell as I once described it?  3rd time is charm!  I finally found the perfect pattern for it and we are now working well together (although I still will never buy it again....nothing with those little squiggly fibers!).  The Corner-to-Corner blanket pattern is perfect!
It still won't be ready by Christmas but it will  get done eventually!  It's almost as wide as I want it to be and then I am going to follow Mickey's instructions (Crochet Crowd on You Tube) on how to make it a rectangle and I will probably make it the size of the top of my bed.  It is for my daughter and her family for their couch and her husband is a big guy!  6' 4" so a "throw" size just wouldn't make it.  
I can practically do this in my sleep and it has been great for t.v. problem!
 My daughter picked out the yarn and the pattern several years ago and they're still waiting! LOL!
Miss Peeps is a professional "photo bomber"!  She's slowly....very slowly learning to leave my yarn alone.  Grace never bothers it but Miss Peeps cannot be left alone in the room with yarn or any WIPs.
 As you can see this hat is almost done but it will get ear flaps and braids still.  There is a blue one that is finished that is for Sam and this one is for Grayson.  Uriah got his last year in tan.
 There's another project but I couldn't find it...imagine that! LOL!  I'll find it before next week.
Here's another Christmas present....a baker's dozen of plant markers for my son and daughter who are both gardeners.  They need another coat of paint but I ran out.  I used my wine corks that I've saved for years (no, I'm not a glass a day is all).  These are rubber but they worked fine and then they can write on them what the plant is with a permanent marker.  I used skewers you use for shish-kabobs.  A big package is really inexpensive and I already had all the supplies except now I need another can of spray paint.  I'm not sure if they'll last more than one season.  We'll find out!

The girls and I picked these up on one of our hikes this week and I'll show you what I'm going to do with them next week.  It's not your usual pine cone craft so stay tuned!  First I have to "bake" the bugs out of them.
Oatmeal cookies were baked last night as I was needing something for my sweet tooth.  I used this recipe

 from King Arthur Flour's website.  Another fun website to visit this time of year is Williams Sonoma
They both have lots of great recipes and baking goodies for the holidays.
I feel so free now that I don't have to keep things a secret! LOL! Whew!  
Oh, I almost forgot..........I sent for a free (postage paid) ThredUp  bag that I will be filling with some items I hope to get paid for.  I'm not expecting much but anything is better than nothing so I am sending them my very best....some of which has only been worn once for special occasions and then I gained weight so adios to those sizes!  I'l let you know how I fare and I will take photos and post of exactly what I send them and what I get in wise.  Have any of you used this site before to buy or sell?  They have free shipping from now until Christmas Eve and I have a 40% off coupon for first time user.  

I hope you  had a good week and enjoyed your weekend.  The Iowa Hawkeyes won again!  10-0 record so far!!!!  The Bears lost...per usual when I get to watch them....and to a backup quarterback on the Denver Broncos!  Geez....Bears!  Oh well, at least one of my teams is doing well! LOL!
I'll be by this week to check on everyone.  I'm still busy packing and cleaning and tossing!
Happy Trails!