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Sunday, September 8, 2019


A person would think, after 9 years of doing a weekly blog post, I would have no problem thinking of a clever, attention grabbing, witty way to start off the post.  Yet each week, I struggle with something to say to get my reader excited to continue reading.  I confess, I am not a writer.  There were not any journalism classes in my education.  There was one creative writing course I took in college....................I came out with an 'average' grade in it.

That being said, I still continue to blog weekly and even sometimes more than once a week.  We have heard the phrase, 'a picture is worth a thousand words'.  This is why I try so hard to have photos in every blog post.  Today is no exception.  I have photos!  I have words!  Let's get to it, OK?

First up, another finished item.  Actually two finished items!

The sweater and hat from the donated yarn.  This is my all time favorite baby outfit to make.  I completed the entire thing in 3 days.

The cable is so sweet, yet the buttons is what makes it individualized.  I gave this to the Great Grandma last night at Mass and she was thrilled.  The baby is due next month, so the 3-6 month size will be perfect for this California child.

There were four more squares completed this week, also.

There is some math going on in my head, trying to figure out how many of the squares I need to make a nice sized blanket.  I am thinking between 42 and 56.  Looks like I have a ways to go then.  There are 21 completed at this point.

There was work done on hubby's RCR sock also.

There is still a ways to go before the toe gets worked on.  Then the second sock still needs to be knit.  This is my mid day knitting.  It is an easy project to pick up and set down when I am doing things like; laundry, baking, doing food prep, etc.

Then, there is a Ta-Da for me this week.

My cardi sleeves are on stitch holders!  This has been my main knitting project this past week.  My original plan was to have this completed by the middle of October.  (That was when we had planned on going overseas)  Now my goal is to get it completed before hubby and I go to Las Vegas in November.  This is my evening, TV watching knit.  It is stockinette for the next 5 inches.  After that, there are several inches of a lace pattern to pull in the waist a bit and then back to stockinette until the end.  I have made it bit bigger than my actual measurements.  Oversized sweaters are my favorite fall/winter wear.

Something happened at my house for the first time!

I made my first ever, from scratch, pie.  It is an apple pie made with honey instead of sugar.  The crust was made with spelt flour instead of white flour.  It is quite yummy.  I used Granny Smith apples for it this time.  Next time, I will use a Jonathan Gold or Pink Lady or Honeycrisp.  This was a a bit tarter than I would have liked, yet hubby didn't seem to mind.

There is some new growth at my house too.

I circled the new growth so you wouldn't miss it.  This is an orchid I purchased in May.  The flowers lasted for about a month and then all I had left were the leaves.  I cut off the dead stalks as instructed and was diligent in the way I watered it.  Around the end of June, I decided to transplant it into a bigger pot.  This was a bit nerve racking as orchids are not lovers of being man handled.  I am glad I did it though.  When I took it out of it's original pot, there was hardly any soil there.  It was completely root bound.  I mixed orchid potting soil with regular potting soil and hoped for the best.  (Orchid potting soil was nothing but wood chips and would not hold any moisture for the roots to expand in!)  When I spotted the new growth, I was ecstatic!  My mom had tried for 3 years to get her orchid to do something and it never did anything.  Now, whether this will bloom again................who knows.

I will leave you with this precious photo

My Grand was out of school for a couple of days with a virus.  I stayed with her as she doesn't like being alone for long periods of time.  Her puppy never left her side while she was under the weather.  I would also like to thank her for sharing her virus.  Hers only lasted 3 days.....I am on day 2.  It is just basically a very sore throat and one of those 'just don't feel good' types of things.  Nothing major.

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


  1. I hope it only lasts the three days! Yeah on the baby outfit...that really was so generous of you....good luck on the orchid growth....I have a very black thumb

  2. Oh no, I hope you feel better soon! That is a darling photo of your grand with her puppy! Dogs know when you need them :) So cute. The baby outfit is adorable Marsha! And congrats on the pie, it looks amazing! I love honeycrisp apples...it's nearly time here for all of the apple cooking to start! Yippee! :) Your posts always make me want to read more! :) Fingers crossed for the orchid!

  3. Hope you feel better soon. All of your projects are fabulous, I love the socks and the sweater is going to be perfect.

  4. Oooh... Just as I was thinking "How nice that you can spend the time with your granddaughter when she's not feeling well", I see you succumbed to the bug. :( Hopefully, it will be short-lived for you, too.

    My impression of orchids is that they are difficult. Congrats to you for getting some new growth! And the pie! Oh my! It looks beautiful and I imagine I would have gobbled up a good portion of it. Mmmm

    The sweater and hat set is so adorable And finished in three days?!? How blessed the other grandmother must have been to receive these things on behalf of her soon to be born grandchild. That was so generous of you!

  5. The baby set is adorable! Sorry to hear you sucumbed to the virus, hope it only for 3 days. Orchids can e tricky, I tried for ages and it did nothing so I chucked it outside ad gues what it now has 3 flower heasa coming up?! Maybe they are hardier than we give them credit for!

  6. I pray you are on the mend by the time you read this. We don't pop back quite as fast as the young ones so take care of yourself! Love the new RCR socks and the baby outfit is just precious...so kind and generous of you. Good going on the sweater...you will certainly enjoy it when it's done. The photo of your grand with her dog is so sweet! I sure miss mine. I have the 2 cats and I love them but the dogs were definitely therapeutic and I miss that. They always know when you are not feeling well an dare right there to sooth you. I'm glad she had her dog and you too! Where are you going in October? How exciting! You definitely have a green thumb. I'm beginning to wonder about mine! Have a great week and get better soon!

  7. Sooooooo many projects. WOW, you've been busy. I can see why that's your favorite baby outfit...it's precious, the buttons on the side really make it. I can't believe you were able to make that in such a short period of time. You must be a fast knitter. Congrats on the orchid. I had one but never got it to do anything after the initial flowers were gone. Will be anxious to see how things progress for you. Sorry you got the bug and hope you feel better soon.

  8. Hope you feel better soon. Love the baby sets! Very, very cute. And yum on the pie! I also haven't tried making it entirely from scratch yet. Maybe I'll be brave.

  9. Pie and socks. Baby knits and orchids. You and I are kindred spirits for sure.

  10. Yep! Been there, done that! Shared a virus with a grand daughter! In fact, last winter I was shared 5 viruses! A record for me. Hoping for better this winter - better meaning fewer!! Hahaha.


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