Sunday, March 20, 2022



Happy first day of spring.  Although, where I live, spring has been around for the past 3 weeks.  Summer will be here, for me, next month.  I have been enjoying the cool crisp mornings and the warm and sunny afternoons.  There are so many things blooming too.  Citrus trees, acacia trees, palo verde trees, mesquite trees, and flowers of all kinds.  The air here is heavy with the smells of the citrus and acacia trees.  When you drive down our streets the trees are heavy with yellow and white blooms.  So pretty.  In the next month or two our Saguaro cactus will be in full bloom.  That is a glorious sight to behold too.  Who knew the desert could have so much beauty in her flora.  But, that is not why you are here.  Let's take a look at what happened in my crafting realm.

I have finishes!

Do you know what this is?  No, it is not a baby mitten. 

 It is a half sock.  Why would I want a half sock?

Because I wear crocs year round.  My left foot has been 'deformed' thanks to my RA.  So, the half sock keeps my toes from rubbing and getting sore.  I have the half sock on in this photo.

This is the second half sock.  I got the idea after I ordered 4 pair from Amazon.  Then I thought, why should I pay for these when I have TONS of scrap sock yarn laying around just begging to be used.

This is the third half sock I started this week but did not finish.  They only take a day to make so it is a nice fast project.  To make these, I start out with 56 stitches and do 10 rows of 2x2 ribbing.  Then I increase to 64 stitches and work it until the sock measures 3 inches.  Then I do my rounded toe decreases and finally Kitchener the toe closed.  Easy peasy.  

I worked on my RCR socks too, but not a lot.

Actually, I only worked on this one sock and did just a few rows of the gusset.  The half socks were needed more since it is starting to get warm here.

Last week I told you I had not worked on my cross stitch at all.  It made me feel bad.  So I picked it up this week and worked on it quite a bit.

It is a slow process but so enjoyable.  It is not even half done but I already can envision what it will look like when completed.

That is all the crafting.  But wait.................there is something growing in my Aero-Garden!

Little cherry tomatoes are popping up all over the plants.  There are still a lot of blossoms on the plants too.  I think there is going to be quite a few of these beauties in the near future.  These have been growing for 63 days now.  This now gives me a timeline as to how long it takes for the tomatoes to appear.  The blossoms have been set for the past 2 weeks.  

We had company come on Friday and they left early this morning.  It was nice to see my hubby's brother again along with our great nephew and another friend of theirs.  They were not at the house much though.  They came down for basketball and hockey games.  They were going to try and take in a spring training game but the tickets for those have gone up to more than going to a regular season game!  Crazy!

I got a present this week.

It is a Ninja Creami.  We are having so much fun with it.  Hubby and I both love ice cream, sorbet, and gelatto.  This machine makes it so easy and fun.  Plus, this way you know what is in your sweet treat.  It has only been here for less then a week and so far I have made 2 different flavors of sorbet and one ice cream.  With summer coming on, this will be used a lot.  Nothing better than having a cold sweet treat on a summer evening.

What's happening in your neck of the woods?

Until Next Time...........................Happy Crafting & Pray for Peace!!!!!!!!!


  1. What a brilliant idea for the half socks, and such a great way of using up all those bits of yarn from other projects. It’s so exciting to see your tomatoes growing, I know nothing at all about aero growing, have you found it easy to pick up? I had no idea the Ninja Creami existed, this may know became a new addition to the house!

  2. What a clever way to use your odds and ends! I hope it makes your shoes way more comfortable!

    Your tiny tomatoes are ADORABLE!!! I hope they taste as good as they look.

    All the blooming plants sound SPECTACULAR! Ours are just starting, and have a LONG way to go!

  3. What a fantastic idea to make half socks for crocs!!! I'm sure they will make the crocs even more comfortable. It is interesting to read about the flowers of the southwest. I've never spent much time there. My sister lived in Albuquerque of a few years but I only visited her once while on a business trip over 25 years ago. I love your gardening updates and am looking forward to my deck pot garden. I have to wait until May due to frost risk here in Ohio.

  4. Do the half socks stay up while walking? I would have thought they would slip down. I love the saguaro cactus. We camped in the Saguaro National Park for three days and it was one of my favourite spots. I am yearning to get back to Arizona - perhaps next winter.

    1. I have not had an issue with the half sock moving on my foot while walking. I have even worn them in my sneakers without any issue.

  5. I would love a little ice cream maker like that. Just something delightful.

  6. aren't you a clever person to knit half a sock for your foot?? I love the idea and that it works for you :)

  7. What a great way to use your sock scraps! I love seeing your Aerogarden. We’ve been doing some planting in the garden. I can’t wait until stuff starts growing.

  8. I’ve never got on with crocs because they rub my toes and give me blisters so these half socks seem ideal, thanks for sharing. I’d happily see photos of the flowering trees alongside the socks too. I’m hear for it all.

  9. I'd never heard of half socks, but they sound genius now. And how cool that you can make as many as you want, in any colors you want. And Yay! for getting tomatoes! Looks like you've got a nice crop there. And your Ninja Creami looks interesting. And delicious. Just seeing that is making me want a smoothie - the closest thing I can make to a "creami". :)

  10. How smart to make half socks for yourself! I used to wear those when I dressed nicer and wore many pairs of flats about. Those cherry tomatoes look terrific; how neat your garden grows. And what a cool appliance! We love ice cream here.


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