Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today



Looking Out My Window
It was hot today.  I think the weatherman said it's been in the 90s for the past 60 days.  Is it Oct yet??

I am thinking
about planning a road trip.  It's been a LONG time since we went on one and wanderlust is kicking into gear.  I've added a travel column to the budget.

I am thankful
that my kids still like to hang out with me.  We went to the mall last night to return some stuff and get #1 Son some pants.  AND we went geocaching!  I havent logged a cache since the end of February.




We had such a good time! I really want to remember days like this because I know they wont last forever.

I am wearing
a REALLY old sleep shirt

I am creating
garbage.  No really.  I'm slowly going thru piles in the apt and am amazed at what I still have

check out the year!


I thought twice abt getting rid of these magazines because I still want to read them.  However when I realized that I packed and moved them TWICE, it was time for them to go.  They are actually sitting on the counter with my library books.  Our library has a section for free magazines and they will hang out there until they find their forever home.  Apparently I was just fostering them....

I am Reading/Watching
I'm thinking of getting a book that I read when I was a kid again.  I did enjoy Nancy Drew.  I'm thinking Are You There God, It's Me Margaret or My Darling My Hamburger.  Thursday is our Literary Society meeting and I'm really looking forward to it.  I'm still watching Hogan's Heroes at night and I've been sucked into some Hallmark Channel shows.  The mysteries are my favorites!

I am Hoping
to knit a bit more often.  I havent touched my sock since last Tues.

I am Hearing
#1 Son is watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix and the downstairs neighbor is singing.  I dont know what she sings but it's always the same song.  ALWAYS.  She's not bad, but it never changes.  I will be putting my tv back on soon.

In My Kitchen
I actually made dinner tonight!  Grandma's Chicken to be exact!

A Favorite Quote



A Peek into My (Last) Week

Her first year and his last year of marching band.

Friday night lights

My Favorite Thing AKA Hemi's Corner


Come here to play!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today




Looking out my window


We have been having heavy rain showers every afternoon.  Nothing like Louisiana, but drenching nonetheless.

I am thinking
that I like the older version of the Daybook better than the revised one.  I made some changes in the post back to one I used back in 2015.

I am thankful
That I have a job.  That I have a working car.  That my kids are healthy. My job can be boring (on a daily basis), but it allows me the flexibility to take time off for family.  I drive a car as old as #1 Son and we have to share it, but it works.  My kids can make me crazy, but they are turning into productive humans.  Life may not be where I imagined it would be at almost 50, but it's SOO much better than it could be  


I am wearing
A Mickey Mouse night shirt.  It's long, down to my knees, and I've been know to drive Baby Girl to school while wearing it.  

I am creating


Socks.   I have turned the heel and will be starting the decreases for the foot next.  

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to
The last book I read was Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover.  It will most likely be the book I discuss at our first book club meeting next week.  Or Nancy Drew.  Or The Idiot's Guide to Knitting Sweaters.  While others will be discussing high brow books, I will be discussing knitting and drinking wine.  Sounds like a great night to me!!

I also continue to watch reruns of Hogan's Heroes before I go to sleep.  It's from the late 60s but it still holds up.  

I am hoping
that life doesnt throw me any more surprises.  I need some consistency right now.

I am hearing
#1 Son on the phone with a friend. Hemi chirping at me to feed him.  The hum of the computer.

In my kitchen
right now I have a ton of dishes to do and a box of half eaten pizza from dinner.

In the school room
I already posted a pic of Baby Girl heading off to high school,  but I didnt post this one of #1 Son.  


He is finishing off his senior year at a technical school and will most likely be done in abt a month.  He took a placement test and got a perfect score.  His counselor said she never saw anybody get a perfect score.  That's my boy!


In my garden
I have none.  I *could* plant some things in the front area of my apt, but I've tried twice, killing both things, one of them being a sunflower.  However I do have a basil plant growing at work!  It occasionally will get a haircut for a caprese salad at home.




A Favorite Quote

I know quite a few ppl who are doing this.  Including myself.  


A Peek Into My Week
drop offs to band and theatre.  Work.  Our first football game of the season.

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner

Snack Time!

If you want to play, go here.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's on the Needles on a Saturday Afternoon

What's been going on??

This....

Baby Girl as Paulette in Legally Blonde Jr

#1 Son was a Delta Dude

First day of high school


Marching season has begun!

My life for the next 3 months.

Bringing the red back to life!


It's no wonder I'm getting nothing done.  However I cleared the schedule for the afternoon and decided to look at what projects I've got on the needles.  In no particular order....


1.Sweet Georgia Brown Socks

I started these back in May of 2014.  I am on the heel of the second sock.  It NEEDS to be done before the end of this year.

2.TV blanket


I started this around Oct of 2015 (I think) I cant seem to find a start date, I'm just going by what I've written down before and after it in my notebook.  I have 18" done in a 60" blanket.  I did literally one row today.  It's still too warm to keep it on my lap.  AND it holds on to floating cat hair.  But it's soft so I will continue with it.

3.Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan

I started this in July 2015.  The back was done by Oct.  That's as far as I got.  Add the fact that we didnt get much of a winter either, there was no incentive to continue with a very heavy sweater while I'm still sweating in Jan.

4.Jester Hat

A premie hat I changed to be more of a newborn size.  I just need to add pompoms in the top two corners.

5.Moda Dea Baby Blanket (for now, it may become a kitty blanket)

I used the same yarn as the jester hat.  I have no baby in mind for it, just  wanted to work on something.

Last but not least are these cuties.

They should fit a 3 y/o.  Again I have no child  in mind for them, I just wanted to knit on an easy project.  

And it wouldnt be a Saturday if I didnt post this.



So there you have it!  Lots started and little getting done.  Story of my life.  What are you working on?  Starting anything for the winter yet or is it still too hot where you live??

Friday, August 05, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I Blame the Internet

I get an email from Berroco advertising a new pattern book.  Most of the time nothing really speaks to me and I delete it.

Not this time.

This one spoke to me.



I've been wanting to do this type of pattern for a long time.  Like years.  I measured a similar jacket/poncho a couple of years back when I was at Kohl's.  I couldnt decide what pattern I wanted to use or what colors or which yarn, so that scrap of paper just kept being pushed further and further into piles of projects to do.

Now I had a pattern and colors.

I bought the pattern and headed on line to figure out what yarn I wanted to use.  THAT was difficult.  Do you know how much yarn is out there?!!?!  Plus it seemed if I liked it, I couldn't afford it and if I could afford it, I didnt like it.

Until I came across LionBrand's Heartland.  Picked out colors and I was ready to go.  However I wanted to see it and feel it in person.  I'm still dropping a bit of coin on this yarn and since I will be wearing it, it has to be soft.  So off to Hobby Lobby I go!.  It's down the street from me and I knew they carried it.

I couldnt decide between these two combinations





but I finally decided on the blue combo one.  I wanted something similar to the colors chosen in the pattern.  However they didnt have enough of the dark brown so I decided to wait and check out JoAnn's so see their stock.  I was REALLY impressed that I was walking out without buying anything.  I was staying focused on the project at hand.

Then I turned around and saw this......



I think I audibly said, "Uh oh."

That's a LOT of yarn on sale 40% off.  I looked.  I pulled out.  I planned.

And then I put it all back!  Nothing really spoke  to me.  I could have bought some yarn for kitty blankets or charity hats, but I already have so much yarn for that I didnt feel the need to get it.  So I walked away.

Plus it helped that there was no sock yarn in the bins.

JoAnn's has enough of what I need so I will go back on Monday to take advantage of the sufficient amount, the 25% off sale AND my coupons.  Pictures to be posted as I go.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Monday!

Mondays are actually quiet days at work.  I like that.  Thursdays and Fridays I liken to a colonoscopy.  Thursday is prep for the procedure on Friday.  My boss does not care for my analogy.

Another good thing abt today is that the check engine light in my car was an easy fix. A replaced sensor later and I'm good to go!  I'm happy it wasn't more involved.

I have a baby jester hat that I've knit.  I just need to add a pompom.  No pics.  I also have a couple of baby socks that are complete.  Also no pics.  I need to take pics during the day when it's sunny outside, but it's so warm I keep the blinds closed by noon.  So I need to be up and moving and taking pics by 10AM.  Its a very small window of opportunity.  Hence no pics.

However I do have a picture of the latest book I've read.



I'm trying to get myself back on track with money so I got this book from the library for inspiration.  What do I need to do?
1.  budget - had one for years
2.  have an emergency fund - working on that.
3.  pay down debt - working on that, too.

So I'm doing what I'm supposed to, however Dave does NOT mention how teenagers can suck the money right out of your acct!!!  I am paying bills, I have gas in a working car, I have food in the house, I have a roof over my head.

And I have a kitty in a basket.



I am WAY ahead of a lot of people.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Feline Fridays

Taken back in April on what was the last day cool enough to open the windows.