Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Me Day

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It is a great day.  I am having a ME day today.  There is not anything I HAVE to do today only things I WANT to do.  There are plenty of things that could use my attention, don't get me wrong, but, nothing that will matter if I do not do it today.

I started out early this morning again.  I just can't seem to sleep much past 6 anymore. Today, my green eyes opened wide at 5:15. I am not a believer of just laying around in bed, once I am awake, I want to get moving. Coffee got made, dogs were fed, dishwasher emptied and then I sat down to do some morning meditation/prayer until I woke up the hubby at 8.

Last night, I decided to go ahead and start my next prayer shawl.

It is a Lion Brand Pattern that was given to me from one of the prayer shawl ladies.  I am going to make it striped to give it more interest.  It will also be a bit longer and not as wide. The pattern calls for it to be 24" X 54".  I will do this one to be more like 18" X 72". It is my personal opinion that having them long enough to really wrap around a person makes them more like a hug.  Not everyone is a small boned person.  

I have been really working hard on the log cabin squares.  I have gotten to this point:

Both squares have the purple completed.  I am now on the black and then will go into the turquoise.  I have a goal of getting through the turquoise on one square yet today/tonight. That is why I am so happy to have a ME day today.  I really want these things done and ready to put together!  I am tired of looking at it.  I am sure you guys are getting tired of looking and hearing about it too.  

I did a little baking this morning:

Our spelt flour brownies.  Made with Coconut palm sugar so as not to spike blood sugar like refined sugar does.  These are so moist and delicious.  Hubby is a huge fan of them.  I even sent 4 of them over to our friend's house (Les) who just lost his wife.  He and his son are not bakers, so that fills a need in me and I love doing it. Hubby took Les, to lunch today and then they went to Costco.  We are trying to make sure he gets out and about now and then. He jumped at the chance to spend the afternoon with my hubby.  That is a good thing.

I am in a major baking mood.  I have a yummy recipe for cookies that are 'good' for hubby to eat with his new food regimen.  I also want to make a spelt flour carrot cake soon.  I will probably cut the ingredients in half as I don't think hubby and I need a 13 X 9 cake.

The other thing I am trying hard to do is.....................bring autumn to my neck of the woods. Tonight, we are having pork chops and acorn squash.  I always associate acorn squash with autumn.  I also have some lovely cantaloupe in the fridge, (another autumn food).  This morning I pulled MY coffee maker out and made myself some lovely decaf coffee.  I only drink the stuff when the weather cools off.  Maybe the Good Lord will look down and realize hot miserable we all have been this summer and give us an early autumn this year.  We normally do not drop out of the 100's until the first week of October.  I am only asking for it to happen 10 days earlier. Is that too much to wish for?

Need to get back to that square.  It won't knit itself.

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

All Good Things............

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I am almost off the steroids and I can feel my body starting to go back to it's normal sluggish self.  I did start my antibiotics today though.  My virus had changed directions and it decided to become more of a infection than a virus.  My Dr was so smart to give me the RX for the antibiotics when I saw her.  She said I would know by Monday if I needed them.  BINGO!!!!! Last night it all hit like a ton of bricks.  It stinks to get old and your body doesn't respond like it did when you were in your teens!

I do have a few things to show you.

Kale chips.  These turned out so much better than the last batch.  I used red kale this time as it is not as bitter.  My spices were; 1/2 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp sea salt with 4 Tbsp avocado oil to mix it together.  I dehydrated them at 115 degrees for about 4-5 hours.  Very good but think I need to cut back on the oil.  I doubled the recipe because my bunch of kale was HUGE.  I did not need that much oil.  The spices were just perfect though.

The dark loaf is what is left of the banana bread last night and the lighter colored loaf is my honey spelt flour bread.  I love the container I have them it.  It is a lock n lock bread box and there is even a movable divider in it to keep the two separate.  My Texas Daughter in Law has one and I fell in love with it.  It took me some time to find one.  Amazon finally got them in and I ordered one ASAP.  Perfect for this homemade bread family.

I stayed up late last night reading.  When I got up this morning I was determined to finish this book.

It has been read.  It was pretty good.  I think it got a bit too wordy in parts.  The characters could have been evolved a bit more too.  There was one character in the book that kind of just went away after a few chapters.  I felt she should have been involved until the end of the book.  The two main woman were interesting but I never really connected with either of them.  Nor did I connect with the main male character or his son.  Would I recommend it? Yes I would.  Will I read it again?  Nope.  Will it stick in my memory? Parts of it.  I was pretty right on about the ending too so no big surprise there for me.  

So now I am down to reading just 3 books.  I have one on my Kindle,one paperback and one that is just little short stories I read when I want a good laugh.  

I worked on the log cabin last night and am on square 4 catching it up to square 3.  I will have some time this afternoon to work on it.  I do not have anything on my calendar today! Can you believe that?  Tomorrow is just as blank.  I finally found a week where I have ME time!  I might even get into my craft room and work on the Christmas ornaments again. I am also going to start a new prayer shawl this week, so need to pick out a pattern and yarn.

 Hubby is finishing up cleaning the bedroom/bathroom.  I just folded and put all the towels away. 
Today is Taco Tuesday at our house.  We will be making salsa in a little bit for our tacos and I will get all the trimmings cut up and ready for tonight.  It sure makes it easier that way.  Then all I need to do is cook the meat and the corn tortillas and that is super easy.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017


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Yes, I have been a busy little bee for the past 3 days.  I am so hoping I can keep up all this energy once the steroids are out of my system but, from past experiences, I know that probably will not be true.

Anyway, I am so proud of myself.  I managed to get 6 loads of laundry done yesterday.  That included folding them and putting everything away.  I don't want you to think we always have that many dirty clothes.  Nope, that included all the bedding from when, my brother came to town and some special care articles of clothing that had to be washed separately from other items.  It felt good to see a totally empty hamper yesterday.

All the fruits and veggies got cleaned and either frozen or cooked.  Today I will be working on getting the kale chips made.  They are such a good healthy snack.

There was a loaf of banana bread made too.  This time, we are keeping the bread.  I even put chopped walnuts in it.  That is the way hubby likes his bread.  I prefer it to be plain but....I really don't eat it too often.

I did get some good knitting time in too.  I am almost ready to pick up square #4 and get it caught up to square #3.  It is still going pretty quickly at this point.  The next turn of the square is when it slows down.  I will be working with about 70 - 80 stitches on each side of the square and that takes a lot more time.  The last round is the slowest as it is up to 90 stitches on all 4 sides.  I really think I will have the squares done before daughter's birthday. Not sure I will have it all put together though and with the edging.  Oh well.  Christmas is coming too.

Today, hubby is mopping the floors for me.  He does all the heavy work and I do the lighter stuff.  What a great guy.  

I will be visiting my mom this afternoon.  Hubby has bible study class tonight which is when I will watch my shows on TV that he doesn't care for.  I can knit during that time too.  WOOHOO.

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week 12


Good morning to all.  I am wearing a smile today because.....................our temperatures for this week are all supposed to be below 100F!  Ok, so there are 2 days of 99, but that is still below 100.  Our night time lows are in the lower 70s until the end of the week when they will dip into the 60's.  I know this means the end of swimming season, but it opens up the window for me to enjoy outside time in the early morning and after sunset.  I am so stoked about this.

But that is not why you are here is it?  Let me show you what little I got done this week, thanks to a nasty virus I have.

I finished the half granny square prayer shawl.  This is using premier's Sweet Roll cake in the colorway...........birthday cake.  I used 2 full skeins for this and now I have 3 more skeins left of this colorway.  I almost did not make it with the 2 skeins.

Can you say yarn chicken?  That is all I had left when I finished the last double crochet and made my bind off.  I crocheted the last half of that row really fast so I wouldn't run out.  LOL Don't you do that too?  When you see you are getting close to running out of yarn, you figure, if you knit/crochet really fast, you will get done before the yarn runs out.  Our minds sure do think funny things sometimes, huh.

I did work on the log cabin this week, but not much.  My head feels like it has cotton in it.  Kleenex has become my new BFF.  There is so much water and hot tea inside of me, I slosh when I walk.  The steroids make me not care as much and I have gotten a TON of housework done that I had been putting off for a few week.  But that takes away from my knitting time.  So this is all I got done on the log cabin.

I finished two sides of black and started on the purple.  Once the purple is done on this one, I will pick up the other square and get it up through the purple too.  I am hoping to get some serious knitting time today. I was asked if the stitch marker marks the center of the square. No, when I start the first green square, that tells me which side is the 'right'.  Once I have joined the next color to the green, I could take out the marker, but it is so easy for me to see as I knit along and if I forget to count my rows, I know which side needs to be up when I join my next color.  Even thought the wrong side shows the joining of colors, I have been know to completely ignore what my knitting is saying.  So the marker stays in until I complete the square.  Thank you Rain, for asking!

I also need to get back into my craft room and continue working on the Christmas ornaments.  In case you missed it, here is the photo of the first "ugly sweater" ornament  I am working on.

They are not hard to do, but, take a lot of concentration and it is very time consuming to get everything sewn on and all the embroidery done.  This is 2 hours of work and the windows, door, wreath, candy canes, and roof, are just laid up there.  There are 18 pieces for this ornament alone that need embellishment and then sewn to the main part.  Lots of little pieces that could get lost if not careful.  That is why it is staying in my craft room on the crafting table.

The other thing I have been working on this week is this:

It is my lovely mirrorless camera my hubby got for me last year.  I have taken some photos with it but have always had it in auto mode.  This week, I have started learning how to use the manual mode for photography.  I am having a blast learning.  I finally learned how to shoot a photo with the background blurred.  That was done yesterday.  I am wanting to get very familiar with my camera so I can take all sorts of photos.  I love landscapes, macros of flowers, panoramic shots, stop action of sports, night time photo, etc.  I have a lot of learning to do.  I have found several bloggers that are excellent on explaining how to set the camera for what you want.  I have lots of lenses for the camera, so I will be able to do all that I have my heart set on.  I am super excited too.

Yesterday, most of my family, went to the celebration of life for my friend Bev.  It was such a nice tribute to her and we got to laugh so much remembering her.  She was quite a character.  I think my daughter summed it up best when she said "Jesus is going to have his hands full with this one".  

I am off to do laundry..............again.  I have some bananas calling my name to make them into banana bread.  There are cantaloupes to cut up and get in the fridge for snacks, blackberries to wash and freeze for smoothies and greens to wash and get prepared for tonight's dinner.  I love working in my kitchen ever since we remodeled it.  I could spend many hours in there.  Preparing healthy meals for me and my hubby is another little hobby I have undertaken in the past 6 weeks.  Our nutritionist said we are her best patients in the fact, we actually do what she suggests!  We have tried new foods, different ways of preparing things and have enjoyed the process and the results very much.

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Just an update

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I will try not to breath on all of you while getting this blog up.  I have a nasty little virus that hit me on Tuesday evening while at the ballgame.  I thought it was just allergies with that lovely post nasal stuff causing a sore throat.  Wednesday, the throat was super sore. Thursday, throat felt a bit better but a cough started.  Today, I gave up and went to the Doctor to be told, she was pretty sure it was just a virus.  She put me on steroids to help with all the drainage (which is causing the cough) but she also gave me antibiotics to start on Monday if I do not feel any better.  I have only taken half of today's dosage for the steroids and I already feel so much better.  WOOHOO!  Now, the trickiest part is trying to sleep while on these stinkers.  I have had them before and I get more energy than that little pink bunny with the drum.

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The nice thing is........................I will have my house cleaned, laundry done, menus for a month planned, and groceries bought and put away, dogs bathed as well as doing all my normal chores.  And that will be done before tomorrow night!  LOL  Who needs sleep.

The down side..................They make me super hot and when I come to the end of the 6 day cycle..............I crash for about 12 hours straight.

So, not much else has been happening the last couple of days because of feeling like yuck.

Yesterday, I did spend the day with the Grand Daughter.  She had 1/2 a day of school.  I brought her to my house for a nice lunch after which we went to go and see my mom (her great grandma).  We stayed there for a couple of hours and then headed off to Hobby Lobby for a little feel good shopping.  Then we met up with Grandpa for a nice dinner of wings.  After we left him, we headed to her house where she finished her home work, got a birthday present boxed up and wrapped for her bff, played a name that tune game and just enjoyed each other's company for a couple of hours before mommy got home.  (Daddy was at school)

Hubby and I are going to head to the veggie/fruit store in a few minutes to get some needed items for our lunches and dinners.  I love going there.  I just pray I don't have a coughing attack while in the store.  That is so embarrassing.  I might even pick up some lovely flowers to put on my table.  The last bunches have lasted almost 2 weeks each.  That is pretty good.

Just so you all know............................I AM SO DONE WITH SUMMER!!!!!!!!!  Today is our first day below 100 in forever.  Granted, it is still in the 90's but I will take it.  I want to be able to step outside in the morning and feel a chill in the air.  I want to be able to spend my mornings outside with a nice cup of tea, reading a book or working on my latest yarn project, listening to the birds chirping and the kids laughing and talking on their way to school.  I don't ask for too much, do I?

Tomorrow we are going to the celebration of life for my dear friend who we lost a couple of weeks ago.  It will be strange, walking into her house without her hollering at us to let us know where she is and to just come on in.  There won't be that hug and kiss before we leave letting us know how much she enjoyed our time together.  There won't be a puzzle on the table for us to try and put a few pieces in.  It will be different or should I say the new normal from now on.  We will still go over there to visit her husband.  It is through him that we got to know his wife.  He and my hubby used to work together.  We were so blessed to have known her.  She will stay in our hearts and minds forever.

That is about all for today.  

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


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I have been keeping very busy the past two days.  Remember all those towels I needed to get washed and put away?  I got 2 loads done on Monday night and then did another 3 loads on Tuesday.  That did include our personal towels as well as the cleaning clothes we used on Tuesday while cleaning the house a bit.  I don't know if we will be able to swim anymore this year.  Our temps are finally dropping below 100 during the day which means our night time temps will be below 80 and that is when the water starts to cool off quickly.  

Yesterday, after we cleaned up our kitchen and 3 bathrooms, I polished our dining room table as it was really nasty from all the activity it saw the past week.  I then cleaned our sliding glass doors that leads into our Arizona room.  What a difference that made.  There is lots of sunshine pouring into my dining room now.  I still need to clean the windows on the french doors that lead to the pool.  They are quite water spotted and I learned, those water spots need to be cleaned before the sun bakes them into the glass.  That is on my to do list for later tonight as it is still a bit warm out there and the window cleaning solution will dry before I have a chance to wipe it off.

Last night, hubby and I went to the baseball game.  We got to sit in a suite again.  That is so nice to be able to just enjoy the game without having to sit next to some person that has a mouth of a truck driver and the manners of a wild bull.  We lost the game but hubby and I still had a great time.

Do you also remember I talked about working squares 3 and 4 concurrently?

They are both up to the same part of the pattern.  I know it is psychological, but I do feel they are working up faster this way.  It makes me happy and that is the main thing, huh.

This morning I went to Mass as my Grand was the cantor for the Psalm today.  It was her first cantoring this school year.  She did quite well.  I am so proud of all my Grands.  They all have some amazing talents. 

After Mass, hubby and I went to his nutritionist appointment.  I can tell we have gotten just about all there is as far as info for us. I only have 4 sentences of notes this time.  Normally, I had at least a page full of notes. Now it is just putting it into practice.  We got a reprieve too..........................we do not go back for a month.  That actually gives me more time to try and implement what we have learned into our daily diet.  My bread machine is working on another loaf of spelt bread even as I sit here typing away.  Yup, I think I have the bread thing down.  Now to just get all those veggies, dark leafy greens, fruit, healthy snacks, exercise, lean proteins, non gmo, and organic items to keep showing up in our daily lives.  It sounds really hard, but I am hoping by the end of our month away from her, it will become a HABIT.

After we got home from that, we had lunch and then I high tailed it into my craftroom.  I had some Christmas ornaments that were calling my name.  I needed to see how difficult they were to do.

This is all I completed after 2 hours of work.  The only parts completed are the 2 little trees, the snow and the back ground of the sweater.  I love the look of them and think they are going to be so cute but takes quite a bit of time and it is very tedious work.  If I can work an hour a day on them I might be able to complete all 6 of them in time to mail them out for Christmas.  I will say, it made me reach waaaaaay back into my memory bank.  I had to make french knots, satin stitches, chains, straight stitches etc.  I had done all that when my mom and grandma showed me how to embroider pillow cases.  I was about 10 years old.  That is a looooooong time ago.  But, I am enjoying doing them.  It is something a little different for me to do other than yarn items.

Tomorrow is Prayer Shawl day and I am going to go this week.  After that, Grand and I are going to do lunch (she has a half day), go visit my mom, drop into Hobby Lobby for a birthday gift and then head to her house to enjoy some girl time.  I won't be home until about 10 tomorrow night.  Knitting will be going with me!

I am off to clean those french door, feed my dogs and get out some leftovers for our dinner tonight.

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