YOP LIST 2023-2024

Sunday, February 25, 2024



For the past few weeks, my updates have been pretty short and honestly, kind of boring.  rehashing the same thing each week.  Well, this week is not going to be short and hopefully, not boring.

I have a finish!!!!  Yipee!!!

My Scatterby Socks are completed and in my sock drawer.  Of course, now that they are completed, our temps have been in the 80's.  Not exactly prime time for 'long' socks.  This means I need to cast on some Rose City Roller socks for me!  Hubby says he has plenty of socks.  I only have 4 pair of the RCR socks, so need to get on those soon.

Once the socks were off the needles, I cast on my next knit........Nope, not RCR socks but.....

The Habitation Throw.  I have had this on my wish list for quite a while.  Probably 3-4 years!  I am using some of my left over yarns to make this.  I am not planning on making this as large as some do.  I am going for either a triangular shawl or a lap blanket for the prayer shawl ministry.  This knit is the perfect relaxing knit to do while watching TV or talking on the phone.

I had plenty of knitting time this week.  I managed to tweak my back on Wednesday while doing my daily declutter.  I was working on my jewelry armoire and was bent over for over a couple of hours.  Not my best move!  When I went to stand straight my back informed me it was not having it.  Even today, it is still sore if I am in one position for too long.  Movement is my best friend.  At least the spasms have stopped and now it is just sore!  Getting old is not for sissies.  That is why I had so much knitting time.

Josh completed his chemo/radiation this past week.  To celebrate we were invited to lunch with him, his wife, and of course, Josie.  It was so much fun.  Stacie (His wife) and I played pull tabs and she did quite well and won nicely.

I won too by just being with family.  Our daughter and her husband were able to join us too so it was very special!

Next up is something that has been in the works since Thanksgiving.  Josie wanted to get a Father Daughter Tattoo.  Josie is the one that came up with the idea shortly after Josh was diagnosed with brain cancer.  They finally got them done this past week.  If you are a Marvel Avengers movie nut (like this family is) you will totally understand where this saying came from.  If not, you can find out here.  Make sure you read the entire article to get why it means so much to them.  (Bring a tissue)

This is Josh's written in Josie handwriting.

And Josie's is written in Josh's handwriting.

Father and Daughter together.  I don't know if you know this but, Josie is named after her parents.  Jos, from Josh and Lynn from her mom's middle name.  Joslynn!  So, this tattoo has a lot of meaning for the two of them.  When she presented the idea to her dad, he actually cried.  So did I.

As I am sitting here writing my blog today, I have a little buddy sleeping next to me.

My little Enrique boy.  Such a sweet boy.  A big joy in my life too.  Even hubby likes him!

I can not leave you without giving you something to chuckle over.

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

Sunday, February 18, 2024



Not a good crafting week.  Here is what I got done.

Heel is done and just barely got part of the foot done.  Yup, not super exciting, huh.  I want to get this done as I have several projects I want to start and I know if I cast any of them on, this will get put on the back burner.

I did manage to get 15 minutes a day of decluttering for 4 days.  So, the kitchen and my part of the bedroom are completed.  Next will be my bathroom and my jewelry box.  Hopefully hubby will get inspired soon and pitch in.  If not, I will take it upon myself to do his areas which he will not like lol.  

Most of the week was spent dealing with car issues and family things.  Nothing I really want to talk about yet.  Nothing really serious but just frustrating and time consuming.

Josh has his last treatment on Monday.  Then it is a month long waiting game for testing and determination to see what is next.

Lent started last Wednesday.  This means meatless Fridays for the next 6 weeks.  I really like this time as it gives me a chance to branch out with my cooking and try new things and let my imagination take over in the kitchen.  And, no, I don't just throw fish on the grill every Friday.  I love to explore plant based meals during this time.  Hello Mediterranean diet recipes.

Here is my photo of Enrique this week.

We bought him this bed over a month ago.  It was to replace the HUGE bed that he and Luna shared.  This week is the first time he has actually gotten into it and slept.  There are still a few toys and one more bed of Luna's that we need to dispose of but it is still hard for me to see her things go out the door.  Heck, I still have 2 blankets that belonged to Wire.  Enrique really likes those blankets so they stay.

For those of us who do a lot of cooking with oil.  Here is your funny for the week.

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

Sunday, February 11, 2024


 Not a very interesting week craftwise.  In finished sock one:

And started on sock #2:

Yup, pretty mundane and boring.

I did manage to declutter 5 days this past week.  The kitchen is completed and I am now working in the master bedroom.  I don't know if enjoyment is the right word to use.  Maybe accomplishment.  But I actually look forward to each day's 15 minute segment of decluttering.  Crazy, huh!?

On Monday, Josh starts his final week (#6) of his chemo and radiation therapy.  Then he waits a month to get his next MRI and see how the brain tumor was affected by all the treatment and find out what the next step will be.  Another hurry up and wait time for us.

Otherwise, life is fairly normal for us.  I did find a couple of humous items this past week I wanted to pass on to y'all.

This is for all you teachers out there.

And because I love clean humor

And with that I will bid you adieu

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

Sunday, February 4, 2024



A week has gone by and I do not have a lot of crafting to show or talk about.  Life gets in my way too much.  I think that is a good thing though.  Keeps me busy and active.  So, here is what I have accomplished this past week.

As of this morning I am just a few rows shy of starting the toe on my Scatterby Sock.  My dream was to have it completed and sock #2 on the needles by this morning.  Like I said, life got in my way.

I spent one day at the car dealership trying to figure out why my car made a loud bang and felt like it had been hit by another vehicle when there was not another car anywhere around me.  Then I had acceleration problems and high RPM.  This all happened when driving Josh home from his radiation treatment and going 70 MPH!  By the time I got back into the car to take it to the dealer, everything was working as normal.  The service department could not find anything wrong with it either!  It seems to be fine now but that was quite scary.  Hopefully it was just 'one of those things' and all will be well.

Another half of a day was spent with 4 of my cousins having lunch,catching up and reliving old times.

It was a very windy day as you can see from the hair blowing and my shirt trying to take off.  (I am on the far right)  We had not seen each other for years so it was nice to really have time to catch up.  There were a total of 26 of us cousins and now we are down to 23.  Guess we are not as young as we thought we were.  They live as far as the east coast to Hawaii.  Could be why we seldom see each other.

There seemed to be a plethora of laundry this week.  Probably because I had purchased new sheets for our bed and wanted to wash them before using them.  That takes up a whole laundry load in itself.

I have gotten back into menu planning too.  It sure does save on time throughout the week and also $$ when going to the grocery store.  We only purchase what we need for the week and try not to impulse buy anything else.  I started that the first of the year and so far it is going well.

This month I have also started doing a 15 minute a day declutter.  I do not do it on the weekend, normally.  But throughout the week, I choose a room and work on that room until completed.  My hopes is to have the main part of the house done by the end of the year.  We also have 2 sheds and of course, the dreaded backroom that is used for storage of things we don't want stolen out of our sheds. (Yes, we have people jumping our block wall and helping themselves to our sheds)  Those places will be the least of my worries until the living part of our home is done.

On Thursday, Jaxon came over and we had a sleepover.  I am so glad my grandkids like to come and spend time with us old folks.  My kids never had that opportunity as we always lived far away from all the grand parents.  Grandparents are so important in a child's life.  I cherish my memories of my time with my grandparents.  Hopefully my grandchildren will feel the same way when I am gone.

We got another inch of rain this past week.  More rain is expected this week too.  Winter is our rainy season.  Even though you hear about us having monsoons, they are not normally huge rain producers for us.  They bring lots of dust and wind and just enough rain to mess everything up.

I have rambled on long enough.  I hope all of you are having a glorious day.

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