Sunday, August 19, 2018


Hello all.  Happy to have you join me today on my blog.  As most of you know, I am not at home this weekend.  Rather, I am in Texas visiting family.  That doesn't stop a blogger from blogging though.

I have not done one lick of knitting since I left home.  Nope, not one stitch.  Here is a look at my WIP's as they are now.

This is my carry on bag from my flight to Texas.  As you can see, I packed all three of my WIP's.  There were great intentions of working on them furiously while I was talking to the grands.  Nope, haven't even unpacked them.

Don't think I have been just sitting on my bum doing nothing.  There has been progress made on this:

This is  a 2000 piece puzzle.  I worked on it when I was here in April and it is still here.  I am enjoying working on it.  It doesn't hurt my wrist so it can be worked on for hours each day.  There is a frame already bought for it.  That makes me feel good, knowing all the work that is going into this will not be for nought.

Today there is more family coming over for dinner tonight.  Tomorrow is the first day of school for the youngest and Tuesday marks the first day of college for the oldest one here.  I leave on Thursday and have a full weekend planned when I return home.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018


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I am traveling again.  This time I am in Texas to visit my Grands and their parents.

I got up at 2:30 this morning so I could get to the airport by 4AM.  Do you know there is no sunshine at that time of morning?  By the time we took off at 6, the sun was just beginning to rise.  The flight was only a couple of hours long but it was pretty.

We were on top of the clouds all the way.

I just find it fascinating to see the top of the clouds.

When I finally got to my destination airport, I got a message that I needed to take and Uber/Lyft as my Daughter in Law was on her way to the hospital from falling down the stairs and messed up her ankle pretty good.  Nothing is broken but she is in a boot and needs to get a recheck on Monday.

This was my Lyft ride.

Can you say bright yellow?  It is a Fiat 500 and such a cute little car.  There was plenty of leg room in the back seat and pretty comfy of a ride.

I am here for a week and looking forward to some lovely family time.

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Happy Sunday.  We are having a little break in our monsoons right now.  They think there might be one more storm yet today and then it will start to dry up for a few days.  Other than the little bit of roof damage we had:

We have been fortunate and just have had a dirty pool to clean up.  The roof is fixed as of Friday, so no worries about any rain escaping into our home.

On the crafting front..............not much has happened since this happened.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  I have good days and bad days right now.  Using circulars is the easiest on my wrist as well as knitting Portuguese style.  That is the reason I have basically only worked on the Rising Tide scarf the past few days.  Knitting lasts for about an hour before I have to put it up.  

Today, I am going to put my socks onto circular needles so I can continue to work on them.  It is much easier for me to knit Portuguese style on circulars than on DPN's.  I am in love with the socks and don't want to put them up for 6 weeks (or more). Only 2 rows were added on one sock before the stinging in my fingers became unbearable.

I am also able to work on the prayer shawl, Forest Path.  I have been itching to cast on another project but am holding off until at least one of these WIP's are done.

I have picked up another 'craft' this week to help pass the time.

I have had these coloring books for over 3 years and decided it was time to pick them up again.  It is quite relaxing to work on them.  There is no right or wrong color to be used.  I really enjoyed working on these.  Being left handed, this does not bother me at all to do for several hours a day.

Did you know, August 13th is National Left Handers Day?  Yup, we have our own day.  Bet you righties are all jealous now, huh.

Menus for the week have been completed as has the grocery shopping.  This lady leaves on Thursday to go and visit her Texas family.  I wanted to make sure we had nutritious meals for the next 4 days.  I kind of fell off the WW wagon last week with our trip to Vegas, so I am trying to get back in the swing of it this week.  It won't be hard to stay true to it while in Texas as they also cook very nutritious meals.  With 5 people in the house, they seldom go out to eat or order fast food.  I am all for that!

Time to go and started on the laundry.  Hubby is glued to the TV watching the PGA Championship.  He used to play golf quite a bit, but alas, he has severe back problems that prohibit him from playing now.  So the next best thing is to watch it.  LOL

Another thing that I found time to do is to update my blog page.  I have used the same theme for almost 8 years.  It was time to freshen things up a bit.  It was quite enjoyable to be a bit creative in another area.  It took me quite a while to come up with something I loved.  If I am not mistaken, it took over 2 hours!  I am a bit picky when it comes to color, themes, fonts, backgrounds, etc.  After all, this is something that say a little bit about me.

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018


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Hello everyone.  Hope your day is going splendidly.  Our day started quite early again.  This time because of my Orthopedic appointment.  The nice thing about being the first one in the Dr's office is you get in and out on time.  I was done with my appointment and back home by 8:15 this morning.  That being said......................I did have to leave the house by 6:15 to navigate the rush hour traffic in the 19 miles I had to drive to get to his office.

As I anticipated, he says I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  UGH!  I have had symptoms off and on for many years.  Seeing I did data entry for over 20 years, I am not surprised.  So we are going to try this for 6 weeks.

I am required to wear the splint while sleeping.  If I feel it helps any other time, I can wear it then.  I am going to try and knit with it later today.  I did pick up my needles last night and knit for about an hour.  I was fine until I worked on the socks.  That small needles are very hard on me, so those may have to wait a while.  I have other projects I can work on though.

We were blessed with another monsoon storm last night.  We had some howling winds and the got drenched with .55 inches of rain in less than an hour's time.  The wind was the worst we have had in several years.  It knocked over one of our iron patio chairs.  Those things are not light.  Later this morning, my hubby found this:

Yup, our roof shingles buckled.  We called our roofer.  He won't be able to do anything for 2 days.  He is a bit busy pulling trees out of peoples roofs.  I can understand that as being a bit more important.  Hubby flipped the shingles back over and we just hope there is no more wind tonight.  They are predicting more storms though. The rain will be fine as we have another layer of shingles under this one so we are protected from any rain seeping through.  Aren't those shingles pretty?  HEEHEE.

I made cookies this morning after the Dr appointment.  It has been months since I made any.  Hubby loves them and they are so much better for him than store bought ones.  There are healthy ingredients in them like; flax seed, pepitas, cranberries, spelt flour, oatmeal, coconut palm sugar etc.  I made a double batch so they should last until I come home from Texas.

Years ago, hubby and I signed up for early voting ballots to be mailed to us.  We got ours in the mail a couple of days ago.  After I publish this, I am going to go on the internet and research the candidates and their positions on some key issues.

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Image result for home sweet home feels good to be home again.  We arrived home around noon on Tuesday.  Even though I enjoyed our time away, it is always nice to return home.  Our dogs really missed us and I missed my own bed!

Las Vegas is a fun place to go.  The only part I do not like is the constant noise that goes on there.  The only place we got quiet was in our room or our car!  While it is fun to watch your slot machine make noise and have lights flashing when you win, it can get to be a bit too much after a few days.

There has been absolutely no knitting done since Friday.  I am having some serious issues with my right hand at the moment.  I am pretty sure it is carpal tunnel.  I am going to call a few Doctors today to see if I can get in anywhere soon.  UGH!  I do not need this right now.  Don't need this at all, really.  Fingers crossed I can see someone before I leave next week again.   I really miss being able to just pick up my needles or hook and play with yarn.

There are many errands I need to run today. First off will be returning some library books for the Grand Daughter right after my nail appointment. Our fridge is pretty bare, so groceries are also on the list.  Menus need to be planned for the next week as well as my daily laundry and cleaning routines.  I am hoping to get a bit of pool time in.  This past weekend played havoc with my waistline. (Not that I had much of one but it was starting to come back)

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