Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Baby Girl

Girly Girl?



or Tom Boy?

(yes those are real snails crawling all over her hands)


Apparently she can't decide either!

(note the halter knit top, skirt and sparkly shoes that were worn while playing in the dirt)

Well at least she's well rounded!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fuel

The kind you put in your car: I have to say I'm really amazed how much the gas has dropped in price. Last week I thought I did really well when I filled up at WalMart when it was $2.46/gal. Today it was $2.38/gal at Mobil. My local Mobil is usually pretty good, but I wonder what WalMart is......

The kind you put in your stomach: It always seems that when the weather dips below 80, it makes me want to make stews and heartier meals. It was chilly (for us) this AM, around 50 so I got to pull out some of my hand knit socks. After volunteering in Baby Girl's class room (it's amazing how some kids bloom when you pay just a bit of attention to them, but that will be for another post) I came home and pulled out some of my recipe books. I have a stack of them along with a bunch of magazines that I have saved with recipes I want to try.

Right now I have a baked macaroni lasagna in the oven and it smells WONDERFUL! I'm using elbow macaroni and I only put ricotta cheese in half of it. #1 Son doesn't like any cheese except for mozzarella so that will be the other side. I also have a Chocolate Pudding Pie in the fridge for dessert. I get the Kraft magazines in the mail and always fold down pages of recipes to try, but end up making the same things over and over again. Well I plan on jazzing things up a bit. It's another busy week and instead of driving thru McDonald's yet again, I decided to actually plan out my meals for the next couple of days (SHOCKER!). Tomorrow is a roast and with the left overs I will make a Shepherd's Pie on Wednesday. Thursday will be a fast food night and Friday will be dinner with friends.

I also have cheesecake bites pulled out for later in the week. They use Nilla Wafers as the base and cream cheese goodness as the cake. I can add fruit if I want, just not sure if I want. I'll keep you up to date with any results I may (or may NOT) have. If I get nothing out of this, I'll at least wade thru my recipes. Or at least rotate them around a bit; I just got the latest issue of Rachel Ray. It came with a free food calendar so I should have at least one new recipe a month to try......


Edited to add:
OOOOOH.....


AHHHHHHHHH.......


The macaroni lasagna came out really good. The pie was good, too, but it was a bit rich. Next time I'm not going to blend in the Cool Whip. And I may use banana pudding instead of chocolate. Banana pudding with chocolate crust. Mmmmmmmmm.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

T is for

Tiger

She is the least social of the group, but she is also the loudest purrer. I took this picture yesterday when she plopped down in front of me when I was taking my Saturday Sky.


Too Pooped

He hasn't been touched since August. I think I may have to pull this one out soon.


Target

I love this store. Where else can you buy a set of brown sheets for $3.74??? They were being clearanced out and were the last of that color. #1 Son is VERY happy with his new sheets, and I'm thrilled with the price. I still spend too much money there, but it's mostly the clearanced stuff. Doing my part to stimulate this sagging economy.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday Shake up

Every once in a while the IO wants to shake things up. Switch from Dish Network to Cable. Switch from cable connection to dsl. After a couple of months, we switch back. I've gotten back my Dish and phone, but I'm not getting back my cable connection. Which means I need to change my email address again. I was at AOL for the LONGEST time. When they started to charge a LOT for a service that was mostly email (at that point, all the boards I read relocated elsewhere), I finally agreed to get rid of AOL and we switched to Comcast. Since we are getting rid of that service, I need to be renamed. First I was Gmail. Not bad until I couldn't use it for all my blogging. Then I was Live.com. Well apparently I can only have 10 addresses to an email. That wasn't working for me either. I'm now back to AOL. For now. We'll see how that works. However I've changed my emails so many times on so many things, I'm not sure who I am anymore.

I'm having a virtual identity crisis.

It's scary to thing how tied I am to a virtual world. Not that long ago I could actually wait for the news to hear the latest instead of heading to The Drudge Report. Or, gasp, go to the library if I wanted to research something. Now I can google it. Personally I enjoy getting my news and info quickly. I like watching the local weather radar and seeing the front go overhead. I like being able to go to someone's blog and seeing their latest fiber acquisition.

My name is Lynn and I'm a virtual junkie.

While I love my virtual world, there is something to be said for meeting in person. I got to meet up with my IRL friends (who I originally met on line) at Dee's. She hosted this month's stitching group, and while the majority of the group cross stitches, her and I both knit and have a thing for sock yarn. When I got there she showed me her yarn stash and did something extremely nice, she dumped the yarn and let me play!!! I took no pictures of this, but trust me, it was a TREAT! Since most of my time there was spent elbow deep in yarn, I didn't get much stitching done, but it was worth it. She's got some GREAT yarn! I was good, I left it all there, but I did ask to be a beneficiary. You know, just in case.

And for those looking for that blue sky, I can only partially accomodate you.

It's the tail end of a front that is going thru. We got rain pretty much all day yesterday, but by the end of today it was gorgeous weather. The kind that makes people forget we are still in hurricane season.

And as the day sets and the kids slow down, guess what the IO has on tv? The Lawrence Welk Show. You think I'm kidding??

Sunday, October 19, 2008

He's not the only one getting awards!

Susie awarded me with this:



Thank you Susie!! I love your blog too!!!


Now, the rules for accepting this blog award:

1. Please put the award on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3. You must nominate at least 4 fellow bloggers for this award.

4. Add links to the recipients.

5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award.

I have linked to Susie's blog, the Knit Farm. She's a transplanted Yankee on the other side of the pond. I live vicariously thru her posts since it will be a LONG time before I get over there.

Now here are some of my favorite blogs that I go to often:

1. Quiddity - Jane was really the first blog I started reading way back when. I *think* it was from when I was following the AOL boards, she would post her name, her email and her blog. She has such lovely knits pictured and has over 100+ socks knit up.

2. Tangled Up In Sticks and String - Dee was the first IRL person I knew who started a blog. I had been debating on starting a blog myself, and one day at Sip and Knit she told me that she had started up a blog. Two months later I started up this one. So thanks for the extra push I needed.

3. Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets - StitcherW cross stitches and she always has the nicest projects going on. Plus she posts pictures of her pets. What's not to love?!!?

4. Pure Florida - This is a non knitting blog, but Florida Cracker has a way of capturing Florida that doesn't include a bikini clad beach or a theme park. Great pictures and great posts.


Ok, I hope I've given you all some new blogs to visit, they are definitely worth it.


And since I haven't been doing much of anything the past couple of days (after the past couple of weeks, who can blame me), I don't have anything to show, but I do have a question. Living in Florida means that I don't require scarves to keep warm. I've been planning on making a couple for gifts and I have finished one but I'm not sure if its really done. It's thinner than I wanted, 3.5" wide. I was planning on making it longer to compensate for the thinness, but I cast off when I ran out of yarn and the scarf is just shy of 5 feet. Is this good? The IO thinks its too short, but when I look at the finished lengths of scarves listed in different patterns, they only go to 4.5 feet. So should I take out the bound off edge and add more inches/feet to it? It's for a 14 y/o girl and I don't know if it needs more length or not. What do you all think?


Is that the thing I keep playing with that you keep pushing me away from? I say you are DONE!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Week in Pictures

In the past few days we did a project,


I have learned that #1 Son prefers very little help with his projects so while I may make the occasional suggestion, the ideas and work are his. As he gets older I am VERY grateful for this! The most I did with the diarama was take him to JoAnn's and suggest the green felt for the ground. The rest is his.

attended an Honor Society ceremony,

#1 Son's grades have been so good that he qualified for the school's Honor Society. Excuse me while I beam with pride. I took Baby Girl out of her class so she could be there to see him get his certificate. While he was proud of himself for qualifing for the Honor Society, he was THRILLED that he also qualified for a trip to Sea World at the end of the year.

and got to go to camp.

The school provides an educational camp that focuses on their writing skills. They make the learning fun plus they have bon fires and rope climbing.


#1 Son loves all the extra stuff he's been doing now that he's in the higher grades. Baby Girl can't wait until she can do the same things. I'm just thrilled that they are both excited abt learning and find math and reading fun.

So with all these extra things going on, along with the regular schedule of school, work and ballet, there has been no time for knitting, let alone blogging, reading blogs, Ravelry, etc. And we wont even discuss the state of the house or the huge pile of laundry I have waiting for me. Today has been a quiet day and all I've been doing is sitting in front of the computer playing solitaire on Pogo.com. They are having a free few days of their Club Pogo (that you normally have to pay for) which includes extra games and no commercials. It's very scary how addictive video games can be.

That being said, I *did* get a picture of my morning Saturday sky.


Not a bad temp for 7:45am. It's supposed to get up to 88, but I don't think we're going to get that warm. And tomorrow we expect a front to go thru which mean's we'll have a high of 80. WOOHOO!!!! Yes, still hotter than some of your summers, but delicious weather for us here.

I really need to sit down and figure out what we need from the grocery store, but let's get real. While I may throw in some laundry later today, I plan on ordering pizza and pulling out some project to work on. It *is* Saturday which means I may do some sewing, but I may just as easily pull out my Seasonal Autumn or work on a scarf. I have my sock, but I knit it too long in the foot which means ripping back to the right area. I HATE ripping out, but I esp hate ripping out and then having to put tiny stitches back on tinier needles. That may have to wait until tomorrow.

That is, if I can get off the computer long enough to pull anything out.

Monday, October 13, 2008

To Hell and Back

For the most part, I'm an easy going person. I can roll with the punches; if things don't go the way I planned, I can adjust. However there are certain things that I'm very determined (read: stubborn) abt. Like sewing. I refuse to let a machine and a pattern be the downfall of me, esp a pattern that I've used a few times before. I decided I was going to take my time and figure out what was wrong. I'm not mechanically inclined so I wasn't sure if I could do it, but then I noticed I set the stitch length at ZERO! Well no wonder it wouldnt work!! I fixed my settings, pulled out the pieces of the pants and

VOILA!

here is a closer look at the pants

#1 Son loves them! He slept in them and wants me to make more. I REALLY wish they were a bit longer, but he doesn't seem to mind. Either way I got them done!! I'll wait until next Saturday to make the others. Who knows what words I'll be using then!

Saturday night I finished up this

It's a kitty blanket for the local shelter. I have a bag full of them now so it's time to take a trip up to see the animals and to give them the blankets. I'm glad to be getting these to them before it gets too cold at night.

Yarn used for this blanket is some Wal-Mart brand acrylic in variegated blues and the grey from the sweater I unravelled from my aunt (I believe it was Sayelle silver, but it looks like prison grey). The finished measurements are 23x29. I started it on 8/9/08 and finished it on 10/11/08.


As long as I have a cushy bed to sleep in, make them all the blankets you want!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sewing is NOT therapeutic!

Apparently I've turned into a weekend blogger. I have such good intentions to blog thruout the week, but by the time I get home, I just don't have the time or the mindset to say much.

Good intentions. The road to hell is paved with them. And I was on my way yesterday. Since I knit so much during the week, I've been wanting to set aside the wknds for other projects. I've been stitching on Sundays, so I thought Saturdays would be a good day to use my sewing machine. I've had a craft table set up in my living room for over a year with sewing projects. Since I would like to get that back in the office, I figured I should start going thru it.

Sew patch on Baby Girl's shirt. Check.

Fix floral appique on another shirt. Check.

Organize the I Spy fabrics I got from the swap I was in back in August. Check.

I could continue with the I Spy fabrics, but instead I decide to tackle the pile of fabric I have put aside to make #1 Son's sleep pants. I found the pattern I plan on using and start setting up.

So far so good.

#1 Son is really excited abt his sleep pants. He's really not a big fan of the knits, but he loves to sleep in flannel pants. He points to the first pair he wants me to make. A purple and green swirled flannel. It's really a cool looking fabric and I lay it out.

Uh oh.

There isn't enough fabric to make his pants. I try another pattern. Not enough. I try folding the fabric in a different way. Still not enough. I tell #1 Son that I can either make him long shorts or I can do a patchwork of fabric for the legs to make pants. He opts for long shorts.

Now the cats come out of the wood work. Their Spidey sense tells them that fabric and colorful pins and tissue paper are scattered all over the floor. Play time! So after wrangling Hemi and Princess to opposite corners (Lucy and Tiger gave up and went away) I was able to cut the pattern out and I'm ready to sew! Hmmmm. Why isn't it matching up? Did I cut it out wrong? Is the pattern wrong?? No, I'm trying to attach the wrong pieces. I've had too many distractions and I'm not concentrating (because I really NEED to concentrate when I sew). Ok now that I have that fixed I go to the sewing machine.

Uh oh.

Not only do I have the wrong thread in the machine (it was a bright blue), but the bobbin thread is all jammed up. I fix that and change thread. It jams up again. I take out the bobbin thread and clean out the area. It still jams up.

At this point I shut the machine off, put the pile of fabric back on the craft table and walk away. Two hours of good intentions and I end up in hell.

This is why I knit.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Is it Sunday already?

Now that we are full swing into school and I'm working p/t, the days tend to run together. Add in sinus issues for ALL of us and the fact that I totally lost yesterday to a sinus/migraine headache, well it's no wonder I'm surprised it's Sunday. Or October. Hmmmm, must be the Benadryl.

Even with work and school and sinus meds, I still try to work on something once a day. Even if its just straight garter stitch on a kitty blanket. Remember this guy?

It's grown a bit since then.

I pulled this out last night after the meds started to work, but was too foggy to work on much else.

Since I feel much better today, I decided to pull out some stitching. I've been stitching a bit more over the past couple of weeks and want to show yes, there is actual progress. Here is my snowman.
Before:

After:

This is my special needs project. Not only do I need my Ott light with this project, but also my reading glasses. I don't need them for reading, but I do for this small, dark fabric.

An easier one to work on is my Seasonal Fall.
Before:

After:

I know it won't be done in time to hang up this year, but it should be ready to go by next Fall.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to a really good football game. It's amazing, when your team ends last season with only one win, ANY kind of life makes it interesting to watch. I may have to pull out an old Dolphin t-shirt! Since I never saw yesterday's sky, here is a look at today's, including temps.