Thursday, February 22, 2018


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First off, last nights dinner was really good.  At least I thought it was, hubby was not as impressed.  He said he would eat it again but not as a favorite.  

Today has been filled with nothing but phone calls.  I have made or had 12 phone calls in the past 8 hours.  The shortest being 15 minutes.  Most of it has been about either my mom's memorial or hubby's mom's 'stuff'.  This I can say.............I am almost done with all the arrangements for my mom's memorial.  My goal is to have everything set by March 1 so I can sit back and actually have time to breath and grieve as needed.

Here is one thing I accomplished today.

This is the flower arrangement I choose for mom's memorial.  We are replacing the carnations with roses per mom's request.  I think it will be stunning with her urn.

The butterflies were part of her signature.  Those and rabbits were the 2 things we all know she loved.

I have contacted the cemetery today and gotten the open/close arranged and paid for.   The last of her finances have been completed and  got a check sent off to my brother for his portion of the estate.  I am so glad to be getting these things done and out of the way.  All I have left is the obituary/biography to write up for the Pastor at her church.  I still have hopes of completing that yet this week.

Tomorrow night, hubby and I are meeting with our son to discuss renting and airbnb during our stay for the memorial.  We want to get that booked and paid for ASAP so that will be one more thing off our plate.  We will rent a house together and it ends up being cheaper than getting a hotel room.  I am all for that!

It is about time for me to go and make dinner.  Tonight's dinner is:

Chicken and broccoli noodle casserole from Skinnytaste.  Hubby chose this one.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Schedules, Food and Book and a Question

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This how I feel today.  Since getting home Saturday night, hubby and I have had quite the 'to do' list going on.

Sunday - two loads of laundry done, grocery list made and groceries bought, cars filled with gas, a bit of shawl knitting while watching the Olympics, our dinner I cooked:

Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce is a great-tasting, 20-minute dish, perfect for busy weeknights! We like it served with brown rice, pasta, quinoa or farro on the side, or a serve it with roasted veggies and a salad.

Chicken and mushrooms in white wine sauce by Skinnytaste, and a lovely fresh salad.

Monday - made 2 Dr appointments, cleaned my craft room, two more loads of laundry, got package with sock needles ready to mail to a friend who only has 1 size of needles (I have several sets of socks needles that I no longer use), filled out accident insurance papers from my mom's death, copied medical records for said insurance papers, Shawl knitting during the Olympics, our dinner that night:

Korean Beef Rice Bowls takes about 20 minutes to whip up, so quick and easy, loaded with flavor for under 400 calories!

Korean beef rice bowl by Skinnytaste.  Super yummy and very spicy.

Tuesday - went to post office to mail out packages, went to mortuary to pick up final items for my mom's funeral, Sam's club shopping, eye appointment for hubs and I, Costco shopping, dogs nail appointment, vacuum sealed meat, Sock knitting during the Olympics, dinner that night:

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Time got away from me so we had some left over bacon and made ourselves some yummy BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado).  Super yummy

Wednesday - Another trip to the post office to mail another package, Got nails done, went to bank to close mom's account, nutritionist appointment, will work on shawl tonight during the Olympics, our dinner tonight will be:

Chicken, prunes, olives, carrots, onions, garlic and ginger are slow-cooked with Moroccan spices to create a flavorful and fragrant dish that you’ll want to make again and again. Serve it over whole-wheat couscous (or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option) with lemon wedges, fresh cilantro, or some chopped pistachios or almonds for a complete meal.  

Slow cooker Moroccan Chicken & Olive Tagine by Skinnytaste.  A new recipe for us.  Hopefully it will be good.

The only thing I have left to do for my mom is to complete a biography of her and get it sent to the Pastor doing the memorial service.  I plan on completing that yet this week.

I did finish a book this week.

Another blogging buddy had read this and loved it.  I decided to try it.  It is not my 'normal' type of book I read.......I was not disappointed though.  I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  A big thank you to Stefanie from Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric blog.  Your recommendation was spot on.

You probably noticed I use a lot of Skinnytaste recipes.  I love her website and her foods are so natural and uses fresh ingredients most of the time.  In the 5 years I have been cooking her recipes, we have only found 2 recipes we will not repeat.  She also is great about giving all the nutrition facts of each recipe.  That sure helps me out since I need to watch certain facts for hubby's health.

Do any of you use an instant pot?  I have one and have seldom used it.  My goal in the next couple weeks is to learn more about it and actually use it.  If you have one ad have and recommendations for recipes, I would love it.

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018


Well, hello there.  Hubby and I are back home from our whirlwind trip to Nevada.  It feels good to be back home and in my bed.  I have already started back on our 'normal' routine of things.  Last night I made out our menus for the next week.  Today, after church, I made out the grocery list and after I finish updating my blog, I am going to go and get groceries for the week.  A loaf of bread was put in the bread machine just before we left for church and it is now cooling on the cooling rack.  

But you didn't come here to hear about my morning, did you.  Let me show you what I have going on.

Car Socks.  I got the cuff started before we left on our trip.  I didn't get as much done on them as I wanted to.  I drove both directions this time, so knitting time was limited to the down time I had in the hotel room, which wasn't much.

We did a bit of this:

Hubby was the lucky person this time.  I held my own but did not really have any big wins like he did.

And we HAD to do this:

Our newest great nephew...............Liam Allen.  He is adorable and I loved holding and feeding him.  He is only a week old, so he is brand new!

We got my MIL settled into her new place and it is absolutely wonderful.  Everyone there is smiling all the time and so very helpful.  She will have excellent care there.  They do not let her just sit in her room and watch TV either.  She has already been to a root beer float social, a classical music concert and even bingo where she won a dollar for the canteen they have there.  That canteen is loaded with all sorts of goodies too.  LOTS of candy, which she will love.  

Now that I am back home, I can pick up my Midnight Sunset shawl again too.  It is going to be quite chilly this week, so it will be the perfect item to work on as well as the socks.  Hubby is all excited about the socks as they are for him again.  He even wore his homemade socks in Vegas.  He said they are so comfy and keep his feet nice and warm.  (well ya!)  

We did have some sad news while we were gone.  My nephew's fiance passed away quite unexpectedly.  She was only 29 years old.  My nephew is absolutely devastated, as you can imagine.  We are not able to make the funeral as it is tomorrow in Texas and that is a solid 2 day drive there.  I let my nephew know and he was so gracious about it.  He does have his siblings with him as well as his parents. They were together for 7 years and engaged for 4 years. She was a much loved person and will be greatly missed.  This will be quite an adjustment for him over the next months.  

Hopefully, this will end the chain of unfortunate events in our lives.  I am sure my hubby is tired of seeing me with tears in my eyes.  I know I am tired of having them there so often.  

I am off to go and get the groceries so I can come home and get to the laundry.  Having been in a casino for the past 4 days, the clothes we wore has a distinct aroma of cigarette smoke on them.  Being an ex-smoker, it makes me crave a cigarette.  So I want to get them all washed and smelling like Downy again.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On the Road Again

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We are packing our bags, making lists for dog sitters, finishing up the laundry, cleaning out the fridge, and taking a quick lesson from a physical therapist on how to handle MIL for a 5 hour car ride.  We are so excited to get her to her new facility.  I just know she will get wonderful care there.  It is the highest rated facility in the state.  Take a look at the entrance.

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It is just as nice inside too.  It is all very well maintained and the staff is so friendly and fun to be around.  Not depressing at all.

Just down the road from her, is my Father in Law's final resting place.  It is the veteran's cemetery.  This is what greets you as you drive through there.

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This always brings a tear to my eye.  I am quite patriotic.  My dad and Father in Law were WWII vets, I have many friends who were in Vietnam, my youngest son and his wife are in the Navy, my nephews are in the Air Force.  Yup, VERY patriotic!

We leave tomorrow morning.  I am looking forward to a little away time too.  Hubby and I will come home on Saturday.  We decided to spend a day just for ourselves, otherwise we would come home on Friday.  We need to go through all of my MIL's clothes, at her house and get the ones marked that will be going with her.  She also wants some of her personal pictures and knick knacks to decorate her room with.  So Thursday will be spent doing all that.  Friday, we are meeting up with some dear friends for a lovely dinner and then off we go home on Saturday.  It will be busy but we both know this is for the best.  We have turned over power of attorney to a brother that lives there, so that is another thing off hubby's plate.

I have been busy on the crafting front to.

I finished the cake yarn shawl.  One again this is the "To the Point" pattern.  I am in love with this pattern, as I am sure you have guessed.  Once this one was done, I ran out to buy some earthy colored yarn for another one.

This is Caron Simply Soft yarn.  It is so soft and smooshy.  I think this one is my favorite so far.  The yarn is a tweed.

It is loaded with brown and black specks throughout it.  I made labels for all the shawls and have sewn them in so they won't get lost in the laundry.

I had to decide what project to take for the road trip.  The Midnight Sunset shawl has 3 colors with it and they are all big skeins.  So, that got knocked out of the competition.  I realized, I do not have any socks on the needles!  I was going to take the wool I won from Knitterarium but.........The pattern I am going to use needs my full attention.  Not ideal when watching scenery and talking.  So.........................I found I had one skein of self striping yarn.  I have been watching Casey doing all these lovely self striping yarn socks and have been envious of their beauty.  I will do my favorite traveling pattern, "Car Socks" with it.

This is a horrible photo.  The yarn is bright white, vibrant red and a rich gray.  I will make these for hubby this time.  I haven't told him yet, it is a little surprise for him.  I want to try and get both of them cast on and the ribbing done before we leave tomorrow.  Then it is mindless knitting in the round until the heel comes along.  Perfect car knitting.

I think I have rambled on long enough.  The laundry is buzzing and I need to get on to other chores before we go for our physical therapy instructions this afternoon.

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