Thursday, November 21, 2019

Day 21 of 30

We are home.  WOOHOO!  

I am thankful for a safe road trip.  It was an interesting drive home today.  We started out with light rain off and on.  About 2 hours into our drive we hit blinding rain for about 5 minutes.  But the most interesting thing we ran into was this:

Image result for hail in phoenix today

That is not snow.  That is hail!  It was at least an inch deep.  We ran into this about 1.5 hours away from home.  Once we got home (after another blinding rain storm)  South Phoenix got hit with the same type of hail storm.  It was so deep, kids were sledding downhill on it.  We are no longer in the 80's LOL.  We will be in the 60's for the rest of the week.  Fall has arrived.......finally!  There are a couple more storm fronts heading our way over the next week.  That will keep our temperatures very cool.  This makes me very happy.

Ok, I am waaaaaay behind in reading other's blogs.  I will be getting that completed over the next couple of days.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Day 20 of 30

Today's thankfulness is an easy one.  I am so thankful for rain.  Our yearly average rainfall is supposed to be around 7 inches.  We have been in drought conditions for several years so anytime we receive rainfall it is such a blessing.  The rain started yesterday and is to continue through tomorrow.  Not great traveling weather for hubby and I but we will just take our time going home tomorrow and watch out for others.  People who do not live in the desert southwest do not understand our roads.  We oil them regularly to keep them pliable during the extreme heat of the summer.  Therefore, when it rains it is the same as driving on ice.  Hydroplaning is another problem with our wet roads.  We do not have good drainage because of the infrequency of moisture here.  Our ground is not absorbent.  But........I am still very thankful for the rainfall we are receiving presently.

Tomorrow's post will be another late one as we are traveling home that day.  I am looking forward to getting home and getting a chance to read all of the blogs I am behind on!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Day 19 of 30

Hello again from Las Vegas.  It was another busy day with us having our Bingo Tournament to day.  We have it again tomorrow.  Sitting for 5 hours is not something I normally do so it does get a bit tiring.  But we had a lot of fun and look forward to doing it again tomorrow.  I have photos and have tried to upload them to my laptop to no avail.  For some reason my email is declining to send anything at the moment.  I will post them this weekend with my YOP update.

My thankfulness goes go to my career.  The last 20 years I worked, I met some of the best people and learned so much from many of them.  I appreciated all the opportunities afforded me during those years and it has helped me even into my retirement.  After 20 years I was more than ready to retire permanently yet there are times I really miss the work I did.  


Monday, November 18, 2019

Day 18 of 30

It is only 9:45pm here in Las Vegas.  We have been gone all day.  We spent the morning and half of the afternoon with my mother in law.  The rest of the afternoon and evening we have been at our friends house.  They made a lovely dinner for us and I finally got to do a bit of knitting.  Now we are back at the hotel and neither of us are real excited about going back down to the casino area to gamble.  We are pretty tired from our outings today.

I am starting to have a hard time coming up with things I am thankful for.  I don't want to seem petty in some of the items I had picked out yet, they are things I think all of us take for granted.  So today, I am thankful for having plenty of food to eat.  People all over the world go to bed hungry each night and may not know if there will be any food for them the next day to abate their hunger.  This is something most of us do not experience.  How many times have I said "I am hungry" and then head out to my kitchen and open a cupboard or fridge and pull out something to eat.  How often have I taken that action for granted.  Yes, I am very thankful for having plenty to eat.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Week 20 & Day 17 of 30

This will be quick.  We are wanting to get on the road soon for our 5 hour drive to Las Vegas.

I have a finished object, sort of.

Sock #1 of Fawkes is done.  The pattern was easy but I did have to keep track of where I was on it.  It is a 12 row repeat.  I know it is hard to see the pattern because of the stripes, but trust me, it is there.  I case you want to know what the hardest part of this was, it was the knit 3 together!  You need sharp needles to do that.  Thankfully I have stiletto Signature DPN's.  Otherwise it was mostly YO, K2TG and SSK.  Super easy.

Here is what I am taking on our trip.

Fawkes sock #2.  You can see the pattern a bit better here.  There are 2 completed patterns on this one.

As for the sweater................this past week was waaaaaaay to crazy for me to get much done on it.  I am still working on the first sleeve.  The weather is supposed to finally cool off next week, so it will be perfect sweater knitting weather.  

Not yarn related but something I was not aware of.  Did you know they have urns where you can put 2 peoples remains in them?

Look at that!  She died 2 years ago and he died 2 weeks ago.  How thoughtful of the children to do this.  Don't mind the beer can...............that is an old family tradition when we have a celebration of life.  We always give the person being honored a 'drink' to toast with us.

 Today I am thankful for books.  I don't care if they are electronic, audio or paper.  I love to read.  Reading allows me to get away from 'my world'.  I can read about other places and other people.  I can find books that make me laugh, cry, get angry or even make me think.

A good friend introduced me to the Overdrive app a couple of weeks ago.  It is a free app and as long as you have a library card, you can check out books from your 'local' library.  The books are either electronic or audio books.  FINALLY!  A free book service.  Granted, their audio book selection can be a bit limited, but I don't care.  I am always able to find something to listen to while I am knitting or cleaning or doing laundry.  What a joy.  I got my hubby hooked on it too.  They even have a Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (yarn harlot) audio book and she does her own reading!  I have not checked it out yet, but it is on the list.

Ok, my friends.  Time for me to go and finish packing and get on the road.

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