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A Year in Review

So here we are at the end of yet another year. Not only are we ramping up to start a new year, but one that sounds so futuristic.


Remember when 2001 Space Odyssey came out and it seemed like it would be FOREVER before we were in the new century?? While I didn't see that movie until much later, I was alive when it was first released in 1968, and even in the 70s it seemed SO far away.

Then 2010 was released in 1984 (another famous year due to the book). Again, it seemed SO FAR AWAY.

Yet in 4 days we will be writing them on our checks. Oh wait, we don't use checks much anymore. We use on line bill pay and debit cards instead of cash and checks. Maybe Big Brother really IS watching us! He at least helps us pay our bills.

Meanwhile even with all the technological advances we've made over the years, there are still people who enjoy handwork. Like me and you. I truly enjoy surfing the web, watching a movie when I want, catching up on last season's TV by watching it all on …

Socks on a Sunday Afternoon

I am a happy mom right now. Why? Because both of my rugrats are wearing socks I knit for them. Makes all the work worthwhile. Baby Girl is wearing the pink and brown socks I made for her back in March and #1 Son is wearing his new ones hot off the needles.

Aren't they nice?

I finished them off last night and kitchenered them a few minutes ago.

Here are my stats.....

Socks for #1 Son

Yarn used: Paton's Kroy Sock yarn Burnished Sierra Stripes #56614 and Kroy Black for the heels and toes.

Sock #1: 3/26/09-11/29/09
Sock #2: 11/30/09-12/27/09

Basic sock pattern: c/o 56 sts 2x2 rib for 1" then stst for rest of cuff.

What I like abt these socks is that whenever he outgrows them, I can cut off the black toes and just lengthen the foot. With a different color foot, it will make picking up the stitches MUCH easier. I'll just have to be sure to save the extra yarn for it.

These will probably be the last thing I finish before the end of the year. I plan on listing my project…

Such a Deal!!

Around Thanksgiving, I saw a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in the paper for $139.00. This is a FANTASTIC price, esp since the cheapest I've ever seen them start was $199.00. From there they just go up by a LOT. My plan was to get to Wal-Mart early and get me a mixer. I got there around 7:15am, late by Black Friday standards, but I've been there early before for something that they had so much of, it was still on that sale price a week later. I wasn't worried.

Until I saw someone walking out with one as I was walking in. PS, there were none left. I was SO disappointed. I didn't think I lived in an area where this would be a hot item. When I got home I spent the next few hours and then the next few days searching on line for this great deal. It was gone.

Fast forward to a couple of days ago.......My friend has a Kohl's card and they were having a deal where when you use your card, you get a percentage off your total purchase. She happened to get the highest amount po…

Finishing Up

After the wknd of having family out, I've been taking it easy these past couple of days. In fact, yesterday was just finishing up the leftovers and hanging out in bed. Since I was starved for knitting, I took the time to work on some projects and I was able to reap the benefits of my efforts.

Scarf is DONE

Stats for this project:

Denim Sirdar Scarf

Date Start: 7/4/09
Date End: 12/21/09
Total Project Time: 5.5 months (YIKES!)

Yarn used: Sirdar Snuggly DK shade 353

(this one is blurry but shows the correct color)

Cast on 37 sts on a size 7 needle using Mistake Rib

Total scarf size: 4"x70"

It took the full 2 skeins of yarn to get that length but I'm really happy with it. It's long enough to wrap around my neck and still be long enought to look nice.

With the scarf done and it being chilly outside, it inspired me to pick up my kitty blanket, which led to.....

Kitty Blanket DONE!

I'm so happy to have this done as well.
Stats for this project:

Date start: 9/20/09
Date en…

Saturday Happenings

In abt 2 hours I will be starting a family dinner that will include this.

Plus stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn (gotta love the starches!), green bean casserole, salad, veggie platter, icecream, two cream pies, soda and Cold Duck (because we're just that classy).

Meanwhile I'll dig into the deep recesses of my closet to see if I can dig out any of my family's linens that were used for dinners back in the day. I am the keeper of them and always want to use them for our family dinners, but it seems as if I always wait until the last minute to pull them out. Spent too much time rearranging the pantry.

I have a 13-lb bird and while all my websites say this is big enough for 5 adults and 2 kids, I hope it's enough. My famiy can EAT so I'm hoping to fill them up with the starches.

For those of you who are buried in snow, is it wrong that I'm jealous? Our friends who are visiting NC are snowed in and are having a fabulous time. Let's hope there is still some lef…

Just another day in the life

I actually had a huge rant planned for this posting, but realized that no matter what or how I typed it, it came across wrong. All I can say is that I'm tired of being the go-to person for encouragement, responsibility, sounding off wall, etc. And yet because I'm not the type that complains or rants (often) or just deals with what life throws at me, I have no problems and how nice it must be for me.


This is why I knit and stash.

Speaking of stash, guess what came in the mail today?

Free yarn!!!

This is the free skein of yarn from Caron. It's really very soft and lovely. I'm not a big fan of the color, but Baby Girl loves it. Princess can't seem to make up her mind.....

First impression

Second impression

I just need to find a pattern for 185yds of yarn. Any suggestions?

I've also finished off my ear warmers.

Baby Girl makes a MUCH prettier model than me.

The ones of me wearing this are just plain scary. I'll take pics of it when I'm not in grubby c…

Taking a breath

I could really use it too, after such a crazy wknd.

While the weather was better on Saturday, I still didn't do so great at the yard sale, but I had fun with my friends. Since the kids were with my sister, the IO wanted to go out to the movies. Of course he did. I was EXHAUSTED so *that* was the night he wanted to go out. Since it hardly ever happens, I agreed and we went to see 2012. Well if I wasn't exhausted before the movie, I was after. I've never liked disaster movies, and while the graphics were amazing, it was still a stressful movie for me.

Sunday we went up to Jacksonville to see the Miami Dolphins play football. While we did have some excitement

we still made the best of it.

AND we won!!!

The best part of the day? A flyover by some military jets from the local Airforce base. Apparently they time it with the Nat'l Anthem and as the song ends, they shoot off fireworks and the jets buzz by. We were in one of the tunnels waiting to get to our seat when th…

Friday Sale-ing

Two days ago we were sweatin' to the 80s. Today we never got out of the FIFTIES!! Yes I realize I won't get much sympathy, but these inconsistent temps have me wearing shorts and tees one day and warm woolies the next. I got good use out of my alpaca socks today since I was helping a friend with her yard sale. Can I tell you how much I hate yard sales? Lots of work for little payout. Today's totals for me? $7.25. If I make another $2.75 I'll be reimbursed the money spent on donuts for the group this AM.

At least I enjoyed the company. AND I got in some good knitting time. I was working on my scarf and had more people comment on my knitting than on the stuff I was selling! No pics to post since I left the scarf at the yard sale. If things don't pick up tomorrow, I should have it done. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

What do you mean you could have used this earlier??

Yesterday's News

While I'm sorry that the majority of the country is under frigid temps,

at least there is something other than Tiger Woods on the news.

Life is quickly getting busy, I'm helping out a friend with a yard sale this wknd, I've got a Dolphins game coming up, my sister is coming out in 3 days and I'm cooking a turkey dinner. And that's all in less than 2 weeks!

We are also planning a trip to NC which has really inspired me to knit faster to get more things done. However with trying to get the house company ready and going thru things for the yard sale, I'm not getting in as much time as I'd like. Believe it or not, I *did* get some more sewing done.

Bandanas set for the game. I had enough left over to make a fan towel to wave when we score.

Let's hope I get to use it.

Soggy Saturday

We have been getting a good soaking rain for the past few days and I'm beginning to feel a bit waterlogged! We've had almost 2.5" of rain for the month, and considering we're only on day 5 of what is normally considered our dry season, it's a lot!!!

Our sky this AM.

It was abt 58 and windy.

Days like this make you want to pull fabric out

and make some pants.

This is more of a true color of the pants.

I'm really happy with the way they came out. If I had more jean material, I'd make another pair.

Days like this also make you want to cook. This was lunch.

I've got a chicken roasting in the oven right now. Add some rice and green beans and you've got dinner.

Thankfully, the clouds have dissipated and we can see some blue sky.

The next front has gone thru and it's now 56. Cooler but sunny.

I'm now pulling out fabric for #1 Son's I Spy quilt. I'm sorting as I go along, getting rid of fabric as I go. Some will be sold at the yard sale nex…

Old Habits Die Hard and a Meme

So apparently now that I no longer have to blog everyday, the ideas are coming at me left and right. I was reading Karen's blog yesterday and came across this meme that I thought would be fun.

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Diet Coke

2. Where was your profile picture taken? It's a picture of my cat Hemi taken earlier this year.

3. Can you play Guitar Hero? I've never tried, but I think it would be fun.

4. Name someone who made you laugh today? My friend Denise.

5. How late did you stay up last night and why? Midnight. Was a bit wound up when I went to bed which led to the headache I woke up with. Almost gone, but not quite.

6. If you could move somewhere else, would you? Depends on the day you ask. Probably not leave the area, but I would like a bigger home near a spring fed lake. If I had the money, I would like a cabin in the woods up north that I could live in for a month.

7. Ever been kissed under fireworks? No. I like to watch my fireworks. …


Bet you didn't think I'd blog today, huh? After a month of *having* to blog, I didn't think so either. However, it has gotten me back into the swing of blogging, so while I don't plan on blogging *every* day, I do plan on blogging more.

What made me want to blog today?? Why free yarn, that's what!!!! Caron Simply Soft is having a yarn giveaway. Send them 3 labels of Caron yarn and they will send you a free skein of Caron Country, a blend of wool and acrylic yarn. Go here for the details. I'm mailing out my info today.

Meanwhile Lucy contemplates her next action......

Does this thing self dispense or do I have to poke it?

Crossing the Finish Line

I did it!!! I posted everyday for the past month!!! What did I get?

Yep, a sense of satisfaction. Even though I feel more like how that woman looks!

What else did I accomplish this month? Not as much as I would like, but I saw progress. I did finish somesewing and someknitting.

And guess what came in today??

Aren't they cool?!?

Both rugrats have requested a pair for themselves. I told them to save up their allowances.

I cast on for #1 Son's 2nd sock today while at ballet. Got almost an inch completed. However I left it in the car and since I can be quite lazy, I reached over and cast on for a sock for me.

Just because I can. And no, that is not the Cherry Tree Hill that is sitting pretty on my night stand. It's the Kroy FX that reminds me of Trekking. Kroy tends to be a bit on the thicker side, which means I can knit them on size 2s w/o a problem. Since both socks are in Kroy, they should move fairly quickly.

Got some rows done on my scarf as well. Keep that one i…

A bit of drama

Last Thursday night I noticed that Tiger was limping. I kept her inside and debated on taking her to the vet on Friday. She snuck out Friday AM, and while I was debating on bringing her back inside, she was able to jump up and scale the 6' privacy fence. This told me that while she had a sore paw, she was doing ok. That being said, I didn't want her running and jumping around so when she came inside to eat, I kept her in for the rest of the day and the entire night. She hates being cooped up inside so Saturday AM she was looking for any opportunity to go out. I finally let her go and while she came back around 2pm, we never saw her the rest of the day. Or night. Or for breakfast.

Now I've had cats before and they will occasionally just go off for a bit. I was worried but I wasn't going to make myself nuts abt it yet. This was not the case for Baby Girl. Around 3pm today, she got really upset. Where was she? Maybe she got eaten by a coyote. Maybe she got …

Saturday Satellite Sky

The one bad thing abt it getting dark early is that if you forget to take a picture of the sky, it's too dark to get anything. So I improvised. Here is a picture of my Saturday Sky courtesy of Associated Press.

It's a satellite picture of the sky earlier today. We've had our cold front come thru and it was around 39 this morning! No wonder the house felt so cold!! It's abt 44 now, even though my thermometer says it's in the 50s. I really need to put a thermometer away from the window, it does tend to pull in the temps from the house as well.

Today was also one of those days where I was really hoping to get some fun things done, but the more I tried to sit down and knit/stitch, the more interuptions I had. I did finally pull out a stitching project. What color do I want to work on?? Grey for dolphins? No. Blue for snowman?? Nada. Instead I worked with browns which means that Maggie came out to play! Haven't seen her in awhile and was happy to work…

Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man....

Went down to Kissimmee to see some old friends today and since I'm the only one still awake on the way home, I end up driving. No problem. While I can't blare the music, I can still put on the radio station that's playing Friday Night 80s and jam out to ZZ Top, or hear abt Jesse's girl and get Jenny's number (867-5309 in case you wanted to call).

It's great to see old friends. I've known these people since I was 11. And now my kids and her daughter are starting their own long term friendship.

Anybody else feel like it's S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night?? (click to hear 70's song there)

Wait, did she at least feed us before leaving?? And why am I on the WRONG of this window?!?

Bucking the System

While the rest of you were eating turkey today, we had lasagna. We are non traditionalists here. I'd like to say we spared a turkey, but I've got one in the freezer just waiting to be cooked when my sister comes to town in a couple of weeks.

Since we keep it low key here, I was able to work a bit on my snowman.


It's coming along pretty well. The top box has various wintery things, an ice skate, a snowflake, etc. The bigger box has a big blue mitten in it. I need both my Ott light AND my readers to work on this project; the fabric isn't *that* small, 28ct I believe, but it's the dark blue that makes it really hard to see.