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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week 35..............oops!





I  am so behind in my blogging.  It has been 21 days since I have typed anything here.  How I have missed you Mrs Blog!.  There is so much to talk about, I hardly know where to start.

How about we start with my crafting.  You would think I would have lots of FO's to show to all of you.  Nope....................not even 1 FO.  What I do have is this:

Dying Of The Light. This now has over 500 stitches and no longer can it be spread out for you to see in all it's glory.  I am supposed to have it finished, blocked and photographed by the 3rd of March.  Not thinking that is going to happen.  This was part of the Year of the Shawl KAL on Knitterarium group on Ravelry.  I could give you about 4 reasons why it is not going to make the deadline, but, I won't.  Just let it be known.................my life has been a bit hectic lately and knitting/crocheting has had to take a back seat.

I did do a bit more on my Spring Tulips Socks:


I am still loving the pattern and working on them concurrently.  As soon as I am done with the shawl, these will be picked back up.

I did volunteer to do a test knit on a sock.  I am not able to show you any photos of the sock in progress.  However, I can show you the yarn it is being made out of.


It is call Jojoland yarn and is 100% superwash.  Imagine that..............I am knitting with 100% wool.  These socks, when completed will be going to a dear friend who also knits socks.  She will be the one person I know, who will appreciate the work that goes into them.  Plus...........she is the only one I know whose foot is small enough to wear the size I am making.  LOL

That is all for my crafting.  I have barely touched my prayer shawl so did not see a need to show any more photos of that.

On to personal life.  

While in New Orleans (NOLA), I tried my darnedest to teach my lefty grand to crochet.  She has the idea of the chain down pretty good, but turning the work to come back has her completely baffled.  She said she will consult You Tube and see if they explain it in a way that makes any more sense to her.  That did not hurt my feelings at all.  We all learn in different ways and she LOVES You Tube.  Hopefully she will do it too.

Also, while in NOLA, I was graced with a tornado warning.  I grew up in Kansas so tornadoes are not a novelty to me.  What is novel is:  the 2 states I have been in with tornadoes lately have no basements in their houses!  Texas..............no basements.  Louisiana...........no basements.  So I was holed up in a powder room with 2 very large dogs for about 45 minutes.



As you can see, these guys were not phased by the sirens or wind or anything that was going on around us.  Thankfully, we did not receive any damage from the storm.  I had managed to park in the garage and got all the lawn furniture in the house before we got hit. The worst part of the storm was about 20 miles away from us.

Speaking of NOLA........................I had a blast there.  As I told you before.......It was almost like going to a foreign country.  Things are so different there.  Very laid back.  You never have to worry about getting a speeding ticket as everyone drives about 5 mph slower than the posted limit.

There were two things that just grabbed my attention from the time I got there until I left.  First up:


Their cemeteries.  They are all above ground. Since NOLA is below sea level, digging down 12 feet for a grave would be an issue.  This was the cemetery behind the Church I attended while there.

The other thing I loved seeing:


This is a draw bridge...................fascinating

This is Pelican Bridge.....................I was able to travel over both of these bridges.  Living in Arizona..............bridges are really not needed.  We have 1 bridge in the area we live and it is nothing like these beauties.

Sorry about the poor quality of this photo.  It was taken through a car window as we were going over a bridge.  That body of water is the mighty muddy Mississippi river.



And this is what I saw every time I left and entered the Navy base.

A retired Blue Angel jet.  I don't how many of you have ever seen the Blue Angels in action, but they are so awesome.  Their precision is outstanding.

I returned home Valentines day.  It was a total of 3 weeks away from home.  And this is what was waiting for me as I walked into the house.

My hubby is so sweet.  He has never forgotten that yellow roses are my all time favorite flower.  I was so happy as these even had an aroma to them.

Since I have been home, I have been trying to catch up on so much stuff.  I was asked to teach left handed crochet to some of the students at our church's school.  I do that on Wednesdays.  I have 2 students....................one has it down pat..............the other......not so much.  Before I got there she watched right handed crocheters and instead of mimicking them she is trying to crochet backwards with her left hand.  It is a mess.  Hopefully I can get her turned around and soon.

My dogs had their teeth cleaned this past week and each of them lost a tooth or two.  This is one of the side effects of small dogginess.  LOL  I am faithful about getting their teeth cleaned every other year and they only eat dry dog food.  It is just part of their breeds issue.

Hubby and I had eye appointments since I have been home, I have had a Rheumatologist appointment also. Hubby has minor outpatient surgery tomorrow and then I hope we are done with the medical field for a while.

Yesterday, we had a retreat at our church.  We do 2 of these in a years time.  This is for the people who are planning on joining our church at Easter time.  They start classes in August and classes are completed in May even though they are "Catholic" on Easter, they still have classes after that to help them on their faith journey. I was blessed to have kitchen duty at this retreat.  Our normal kitchen folk are all laid up with back and neck issues.  I was also blessed to have fellow team members there to help me out when needed.  That was a good thing, as I messed up my knee while in NOLA and it is still hard for me to stand and walk on it for any length of time.

Ok, I think I have hit all the highlights or the past 3 weeks.  I am just glad to be home and be able to use a REAL computer to update my blog.  It's pretty nice to be back in my own bed too.  My male dog went into a pretty bad depression while I was gone.  He is all better now though.  I will say.........................if I leave a room.....he is right behind me making sure I am not packing a suitcase again.

Until next time......................Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

YOP week 32



 


Wow, what a wild and crazy 2 weeks.  I am still away from home.  Just let me tell you that the weather in New Orleans is some wacky stuff.  One day it's 80 and the next it is 54.  But..........it is still very interesting to be in another part of this country.  I'm loving the accents here.

I have done some knitting.

I made a couple of these for my daughter in law.  She is in base housing and is trying to get by with the bare minimum since this is only temporary.  We joke about her sparse furnishings but I totally understand why she is doing it.  She has a fully furnished home back in Texas, complete with husband and sons.  Daughter is in New Orleans with mom which explains why I am here while mom is away on a temporary duty elsewhere.


Here is my Dying of the light shawl.  It has gotten so large I can no longer spread it out for a decent photo.  I am loving it and it is all I'm working on at this point.

Grand Daughter did not have school on Friday.  We decidec it woukd be the perfect day to do some sight seeing.  Off we went to the Aquarium.  It was so much fun and I saw a favorite of mine. 



Seahorses..........they are my favorite sea creatures.  I could and stand there and watch them for quite a while.

I found another fish to fall in love with. 


It is a Royal Gramma fish.  The color is so striking.  I was totally drawn in by it.

Not much else to report.  I have another 10 days here.  Then back to reality lol.

Until next time..........Happy Crafting! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

YOP update WEEK 30



It is another lovely week, that has passed us by. Even though the skies are grey and the clouds are heavy with rain, I still consider it a lovely day ahead.  Once springs hit the deserts of Arizona, clouds are few and far between.  So I enjoy this time of year that is so very brief.  It lasts for about 6 weeks is all. So, I am sitting at my PC with my cup of tea, in my jammies, eating my protein breakfast bar and enjoying the quiet that is Sunday morning at Casa De Noce.

Want to see what I did this week craft wise?  Of course you do!

First up:



My Dying in the Light Shawl.  I am doing this for the Spoil Yourself KAL with Knitterarium.  What a lovely pattern it is and not really complicated at all.



Last week I was bemoaning that issue of the jogs in the grey color as well as the jogs in the yarn overs.  The designer (Ruth) informed me the jogs in the yarn overs were intentional.  I still was not happy with the jog in the grey and also the tab beginning was not to my liking. What do you do?  You rip it out before you go any further and start over.  I am much happier with the look of this now.  I work on this at night while watching TV.  It is pretty easy for the most part and I only really need the pattern during the Yarn Overs and when the contrasting color is added, as it uses German Short Rows and I have to really count.

Next:



Spring Tulip Socks.  This yarn makes me smile.  I am loving the bright color and it actually does remind me of a Tulip field with all the bright pretty colors blowing in the wind.


This pattern also has yarn overs.  I am in love with lacy effect items right now.  Living in a hot climate makes you want to have holes in all your clothes.

I started another prayer shawl.



I love the idea of having pockets in a prayer shawl.  These items are supposed to be worn by the recipients for comfort and to feel like there is a hug being given as you wear them. That's wonderful but......................where do you put your tissues, phone, remote control, prayer book, prayer beads, etc.  These shawls go to all religions and many have gone across the globe too.  I feel I need to keep a prayer shawl going at all times.  There is always going to be someone that is in need of prayers.  That is what I do as I crochet these items.  I never know who the shawl is going to.  All I know is.......It is someone who is in need of prayers.  Usually someone suffering from a terminal illness.

So that is what is on the needles and hooks this week.  Those three projects will be traveling with me to New Orleans.  I am to be gone for 3 weeks and will need lots of things to keep me occupied during the day while Grand Daughter is in school.

I did buy something this week that I am so excited about:



My Happy Planner by Create 365 holder.  I travel with my planner.  It is like having my diary with  me as well as my calendar as well as my to do and menu list.  This baby has room for EVERYTHING!


One side holds my colored pens, stickers and pocket folders.  The pocket folders get put in as I need them.  I will be putting receipts in them from my trip so I have proof of what I spent and can verify it with my credit card company.  (not that I don't trust them lol)


On the other side is where my planner and washi tape is held.  I still have one zipper pocket that is empty!  Hmmmmmmmm, wonder what I could fill it with.  It is so much fun working with my planner.


 This is my day already planned out for tomorrow.  It will be a very busy day as I have lots stuff to do before my flight early Tuesday morning.  I am excited to be going and yet a bit apprehensive.  It will just be me and 1 grand.  So there will be lots of time to really get to know each other.  

In my post on Wednesday, I told you I was having sinus issues.  Well.................the Dr told me it is the 'crud'.  She also gave me the good news, it lasts about 2 weeks.  I am one week down with it now.  It has stayed in my head, thank goodness but I am so tired of blowing my nose.  Last night I took a combo of meds (all Doctor approved) and actually slept really well for the first time in a week.  Hopefully, I am on the mend.  I will do the med cocktail again tonight and pray by tomorrow I will be sooo much better.  

Time to get busy and start some laundry.  I don't know why we wait until the weekend to do most of our clothing laundry.  We do towel and bedding during the week.  Being retired, you would think we would do all this stuff during the week so we could have weekends 100% free.  

Until next time..................happy crafting!