Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I DID IT!

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I said I wanted to have all of my mom's affairs done before the 1st of March and I did it with 2 days to spare.  I got the Bio/Obit sent to the Pastor and got straightened out a mix up with the flowers on the 26th.  Phew.........I can sit back and relax now and get busy with some sewing crafting I have been putting off.

Yesterday was one super busy day.  But, it was probably one of the most exciting days for me.  While hubby cleaned bathrooms and the kitchen I was able to get sooooo many bitty chores done that have been eating at me for months.  We received crosses for Christmas and I finally got them hung up.  I did some mending, organized some areas of the living room, cleaned off some cluttered surfaces etc.......  It felt so good to get those things completed.

Yet, the big thing yesterday was....................................we finally got our security screen door on our front entry.  I have wanted one for MANY years.


I am so in love with it.  We have looked at them several times.  I just finally found a company I was comfortable with.

Look at what else happened yesterday.....


See that wet stuff?  We got quite a bit of rain last night.  I absolutely love it when it rains.  

Today I ran out and did a little shopping at JoAnn's.  I am going to do some sewing in the next 2 days and needed some supplies for it.  Afterwards, I went to Costco and picked up the rest of my new glasses.  I got three pair this year.  I got my 'normal' everyday glasses, work station glasses, and prescription  sunglasses.  I have never done the sunglasses before and am so glad I finally did them.  What a difference they make when driving.

Time to go into my sewing/craft room and have some creative fun.

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

WEEK 35




Good morning.  It is actually cold (cold for me) at our house.  The Arizona desert has finally gotten winter the past 2 weeks.  Right now it is 39 F.  Most of you will think, 'big deal".  But........it is all relative.  You see, we spend over half of our year between 95 and 115.  So to us, anything below 70 is a bit chilly and anything below 50 is COLD.  Our 'winters' only last for a couple of weeks and then we will be back the 80's in short order.  I will enjoy our winter as long as I can!

Needless to say, with the weather chilly like this, all I want to do is drink some hot tea or coffee and knit away.  I did get quite a bit of time to knit this week.  In fact, I made sure I got to knit each night while watching the Olympics.  (Curling has become a real favorite of mine now)

I made good progress on the "Midnight Sunset" shawl.


At the moment, it is 198 stitches across.  Once the pink/silver section is completed, it will be going to over 300 stitches.  That is when the rows don't get completed as fast.  But, the pattern at that point is really interesting and fun to do so I won't mind being there for a while.  

I am debating on whether to keep this shawl or to give it to the prayer shawl ministry.  It is not really in colors I would wear often.  I would hate for it to just hang around in my drawer and never receive any love.  My thought is....................give this one to charity and make another one, only do it in a solid color this time.  I would love to do this in either an oatmeal color or white.  It would be a perfect spring time wrap.

I also continued to work on the 'Car Socks' this week.


I made quite a bit of progress on these. (Can you see the progress keeper on the right sock?)  They went with me everywhere I went.  That is the joy of socks.  They fit in purses so nicely.  This is Diversity yarn in the colorway Pizzazz.  It is a non-wool yarn but wears like iron.  I made another pair out of this yarn and they are my favorites.  It is very stretchy yet holds it shape nicely AND machine washing and drying does not cause any pilling nor does it affect their wear or shape. It is not an expensive yarn either.  Jimmy Beans carries it for $8/skein which is 100 gr.  I will be able to make a nice 8 inch leg on this and still have plenty left for the foot after the Fish Lip Kiss Heel turn. 

I now have 2 sock yarns that are my favorites.  Diversity and Naked Sock.  I had another one but it has been discontinued.  Hopefully, neither of these will go away too soon.

I found another pattern for socks that is now in my library to make.  Tadpoles


I have a lovely wool that will be perfect for these.  Even though the pattern calls for sport weight yarn, it still uses the same number of stitches I use with my fingering weight.  So I will cast them on and see if they look too small.  If so, I will up my stitch count and do it again.  Of course, the wool socks will go to hubby.  He has no issue with wool.  (Lucky guy)

Today will be pretty busy for me.  My Daughter is having a "Tea Party" at her home.  I don't know how many of you have heard of "Steeped Tea".  It has lovely lines of teas and accessories.  I am looking forward to exploring some new flavors of herbal teas.   

As soon as I leave there, I head back to my side of town for a 'couples' baby shower.  My God Daughter is expecting her first baby in May.  It seems like yesterday she was having sleep overs at my house.  How those years fly by!

Menus for the next two weeks have been made.  The grocery list is completed.  Laundry is all done.  Dinner for tonight is in the crockpot.  Green Chili burritos!!!!  It is one of our all time favorites.  I don't make it too often as it makes a lot.  I figured, what we don't eat today will be for leftovers on Wednesday and then I will freeze the rest of it for later use. 

I am really trying hard to stay organized with our daily living.  My bullet journal is my best friend these days.  If I did not have my journal, there would be little scraps of paper all over with 'to do' lists on them.  LOL  

One thing that has finally been deleted from my daily 'to do' list is.......writing my mom's obituary/bio.  I had told myself I wanted that bio to be completed by the end of last week and I made it with one day to spare LOL.    I will send it to my brother for approval and once he says go for it, I will send it to the Pastor along with the Bible verses and songs she asked to be used at her memorial service.  

We have made our travel arrangements for the memorial service.  We found out AirBNB's are a much better deal than getting a hotel room somewhere.  We will be sharing with our son and his family which really cuts down on the cost.  It is cheaper than a hotel and we get an entire 3 bedroom house in the deal!  The only arrangement we have not completed yet, is the reservation for the return trip home.  Since we are only 6 hours from our son in Texas, we are going to go there or a few days before coming back home.  I have looked up places where we want to stay and am excited about what I have found.  Now I just need a date as to when we will be returning so I can book one of them.  So, when I said I wanted everything completed by the first of March, I was really serious about it.  I feel like a huge weight has been lifted now.

This is about all I can think of right now.  I need to go and shred the beef and chop the green chili up and throw it all back in the crockpot to simmer and let the flavors marinate until dinner time.

Until Next Time....................Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!






Thursday, February 22, 2018

ALMOST DONE

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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

WEEK 34




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!!!!!!!!!!!