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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quick update

A very busy 2 days since I posted my YOP update.  My flight leaves tomorrow morning at 7:45.  This puts me leaving the house at 5:30.  That's pretty darn early!

Monday saw me going to my orthopedic surgeons office.  I have been released from my broken thumb........woohoo.  Afterwards, I did a little shopping for my mom.  With being gone for 2 weeks, I always make sure all her "staples" are on hand.

I also took yesterday to make a list of everything I needed to do or pack.  It was also my visit with mom day.  Dinner was a nice easy night of hamburgers and chips.  I  don't know what you do with your burgers but we mix; garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper and ranch dressing mix in ours and then put Rudy's bbq rub on it.  Super yummy.

Today was crazy.........hubby and I hit the floor and started running.  We had 6 stores to go to.  I had a list as long as your arm, of items we needed to purchase or things to be taken care of.  It only too 2 hours to complete.  That is why I make list. LOL

We came home and I started packing.  Of course I had a list.  Making lists is my favorite thing to do other than knitting or crocheting.  Hence the reason I bullet journal.  Other than my toiletries being used in the morning, I am done.

I did something today, I have not done in at least 10 years.

I got nails again.  We are doing a bit of traveling over the next couple of months.  My RA has messed up my nails so bad......they can not grow because of it.   Let me rephrase that.....they can grow, but chip, peel, and split all the time.  I am not normally a vain person, but I do like to look nice.  I wear a bit of make up ( not a lot), do my hair daily, and dress in decent clothes (when leaving the house lol).  My finger and toe nails are my big issue.   I can wear shoes to cover my toes, but it's  not possible to cover my fingers 100% of the time.   I know.....vanity........sinful.

Hubby and I went out for street tacos tonight.  It's our one date night we do almost every week.  So nice to have a little us time.

It's getting late and I need to be up in 6 hours.  Next tine I will be from Texas.

Until next time. . . . happy crafting! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Another Sunday morning.  Can you believe it?  I didn't wake up at 3 this morning.  Nope, my body waited until 4:30 this day.  But I was still up before the sun so got to watch the sunrise.

I had a pretty busy week.  If you follow my blog, you know my brother left on Wednesday morning.  That was also the last day of the crochet class at our church's school.  We had a small party for the children and loaded them up on sugar and sent them on to their next class.  I am sure their teachers were so happy with us.

Thursday was prayer shawl group and I was so hoping to finish my prayer shawl there.  Oh well, I came home and completed it that evening.

This is how we send out our prayer shawls from our cancer shrine.

They are bagged and tagged as we call it.

This is the prayer card we insert with the shawl/throw along with a little tag that tells the coordinator what it is we made and for which gender and size.

This is the tag we sew on the item letting them know where it is from.  We also sew on a medal of St Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients.  Yes, this is the shawl I completed.  Sorry for the glare of the bag, but I was heading out to church to turn it in when I remembered I had not taken a final photo of it.  

I have started a new shawl.  This time I am doing it in sock yarn and the pattern I am using is Eva's Shawl. I have made it several times in the past and it is a nice light and airy shawl and goes fairly quickly.  It will be traveling with me to Texas this week.  I will be gone for 2 weeks so should be able to complete it while there.

The only other item I am working on it my test knit for Knitterarium.  It is a lovely sock and the leg of the sock when super quick.  The heel flap, turn and gusset have had me working on it for almost a week now. It even caused me to bend one of my DPN's while picking up stitches for the heel flap.  (Hence the reason I normally do the Fish Lip Kiss heel) The needle was able to be straightened again so all is good there.  I really need to get the one sock done before I leave as I want to be able to weight and measure the yarn I have used for the sock.  There will not be any equipment for me to do that with where I am staying in Texas.  There isn't even a yarn shop within 50 miles of where I am staying!  Trust me...............I look each time I go there.

I am interested in making one of these:

 It is a Twiddle Mitt. I read about them on another blog and fell in love with the idea.  They use these for Alzheimer patients.  Now, I would not make one with buttons, as those would cause a choking hazard, but making different types of bobbles to attach to the mitt that would make for interesting tactile sensations would work quite well.  There is a lady at my mom's place that is always fiddling with the table clothes, her clothes or anything she can just 'fiddle' with.  I thought this would be nice for her as she could sit back and just play with it as much as she needed to keep herself calm.  Once my test knit it completed, I might just look at my stash and see what I have in there to work with.  They suggest bulky yarn since it has the most texture.

On the personal side of my life...........................Friday, I was asked to go with my BFF to lend moral support as she got her hair cut.  I have been trying to get her to go with short hair for quite a while.  She finally agreed it was time.

This is what she deals with daily.  She has super curly hair and tons of it.  She wears it in a pony tail ALL the time.  If her hair was straight, it would be about 4 to 5 inches below her shoulders.

So her hair dresser took the first cut

That is just a little bit of what was finally cut off.

The end result was this:

What a difference.  She loves it and so does everyone that has seen it.  It is even super cute when she lets it go naturally curly too.

After the hair cut we went out to eat with her and her hubby.  Neither of us wanted to cook as we had been at the salon for 3 hours.

Yesterday, my BFF (Yes again) had a LuLaRoe party at her house.  How fun was that to get to try on different types of clothing from my favorite line of clothes.  I ended up with 2 dresses, a new style of skirt (New for me) and a blouse.  I had so much fun.  I am thinking of having one at my house later this year.  I don't have tons of friends, but I think I could muster up enough interest with my prayer shawl group as well as my small circle of friends and family that it would be perfect.

Last night, our Daughter in Law took us out to dinner at one of the local casinos.  She had won pretty big there a few days ago and treated us.  We gambled for a bit after dinner but had no luck so we came on home.  It was kind of nice to get away a little bit and do something different.

We did have some very sad news this week too.  On Friday, the first grade teach at our church's school was found dead in her home.  They have not released the cause of death but we have heard she had cardiac issues.  It was so sad, as she was only in her mid 40's and her high school aged son is the one who found her.  This is the second teacher we have lost at the school in the past 2 years.  The students were pretty shaken up by this.  Our grand daughter was quite sad as she loved this teacher so much.  She was a kind and gentle soul.  On the same day, our former music worship leader's father passed away.  His father was the grandfather of one of the students in my grands class.  Friday was not a good day at our church.

Today, is my menu planning day, but since I am leaving on Wednesday morning, there will be no planning this week.  That means there will be no grocery shopping either.  WOOHOO! I have a whole day to do nothing but knit and do laundry.

Tomorrow, I have my final appointment with the Orthopedic surgeon about my broken thumb from the car accident.  I should be given the all clear to do what ever I want.  Even though I am already doing that.  If my thumb hurts, I stop doing what I was doing.  Pretty simple plan if you ask me.  LOL

So that is the total of my week.  I will try and update next week, but it will be from my tablet. I have no problem typing in the blog, it is the photos that can give me issues at times.  I will try though.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Midweek Normalcy

Another day is almost over.  It has been a lovely day, full of activities and accomplishments.

The day started early with my brother leaving so he could make it to his motorcycle rally in New Mexico.  After he left, I got busy working on my test knit.  The deadline is June 5th.  I volunteered to knit the size large and it is taking quite a bit more time than normal.  It is being knit on a smaller needle than I normally use and there are more stitches than I normally cast on too.

Today was also the last crochet class at our church's school.  We got to have a little party for the kids.  It was so much fun.  That was a huge time commitment also, especially for the leader.  I don't know if they will do it again next year or not.  We will know more towards the end of the year.

Yesterday, my lovely grand daughter brought a decorative pillow home from school.  She volunteered me to repair it for her school librarian.  I hand stitched it up last night and returned it to the librarian today.  She was thrilled.  Found out, she doesn't even know how to thread a needle!

After the class party, I walked over to our cancer shrine and added my friends name to the prayer wall.  I asked her if she would be ok with it and she was very happy to have people praying for her.

Home I went, then, to relax for an hour.  After that brief repose, I was back at the school to pick up the grand and bring her home to do her homework.  She was able to finish her homework fairly quickly.  Off we went to Bookmans, to find some books for her to read while on her summer vacation.  Three books were purchased and a nice smile was plastered on her face.  I returned her to her mother and headed home once again.

With my brother gone, I did not lay anything out for dinner tonight. I ended up eating a veggie burger.  They are quite tasty and satisfying. I used a sandwich round for the bun and just added a bit of mustard for umph.  I am thinking a crockpot meal may be in order for tomorrow night.

So.......things are pretty much back to normal.  That is, until next week, when I fly out to Texas for two weeks.  

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