Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tu Sal on a Saturday Afternoon

It's another hot one here at Happy Acres. It's only noon and it already feels like 105. It also explains why my sky is taken from inside the house.

WAY too hot to go out there!

It's also TuSal time.

I wanted to make sure that I posted on time.

So with the heat outside, what are we planning on doing today?? Make some butter of course!!! Baby Girl and I saw it on Alex's Day Off and thought it would be really cool to do. I'll let you know how it goes........

Friday, July 29, 2011

Feline Fridays

This should keep her home!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm Back!

Wow, two weeks w/o blogging. I've had my dry spells, but I don't think I've ever gone that long before! We are back from our family reunion and we all survived. We had a great time, but honestly once the week was over I was ready to go home. Baby Girl however wanted to stay there forever and ever! Of course she did, she had the pool

for a back yard

and the ocean

for the front!

The high points of the trip were seeing wild horses most days,

gorgeous ocean views,

having dinner prepared every night by somebody other than me (we were all assigned a night and I did mine first), and hanging out with family.

The best part of the trip for me?? Driving on the beach.

Yes we can drive on Daytona Beach, but it's not the same. We needed a 4wd for the 6 mile drive to the house and they sent me and one of my bil's. OMG I never laughed so hard!! We got stuck and almost went over a dune into a pretty deep pit, but got out just in time. I told him it would be the best part of the trip and it was!

The low points were the a/c being broken for 24 hours; constantly hearing abt the evils of 100% juice, high frucose corn syrup and anything non organic; and the drive home. There was a TON of traffic

and it took a bit longer than I expected.

But we are home and I'm happy to get back to some kind of normalcy. We've got 4 weeks before school starts, which seems like a lot and yet not enough.

Meanwhile I did get to read (what a *novel* idea!) Mobbed by Carol Higgins Clark. Nice light read, perfect for beach or late night reading.

I did do some knitting as well, but The Tank is still in the works. I finished the main body while on vacation, but now I'm working on the neck. Not loving it. 31" of diagonal knitting. Meh.

I also started another sock and am on the heel of sock #1. I haven't budged the other sock in progress and it probably wont be completed at all. My almost 4 y/o niece would love me to make her a pair of socks and she picked out the blue CTH. How do I say no to this face???

I don't. She'll have a pair by Oct.

And since that isnt enough projects started, I'm starting my charity knitting early this year. One of my sils who lives in upstate New York does a lot of volunteer work and said that they could definitely use some hand knit items. I cast on a hat a couple of days ago using (gasp) the rest of my malabrigo. I'm not a big fan of single ply yarn, but I dont seem to be unravelling the yarn like I did in the past. I think it might be because I'm doing a twisted rib. I twist and untwist the yarn so it stays good. So far I'm loving it, but I'm only abt an inch in......

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Road Trip!

I should have realized that once this week started there would be no way I'd have time to work on Baby Girl's tank. I guess it will be coming with me this wknd. We will be hitting the road tomorrow to NC to meet up with family and eventually drive to the Outer Banks. I'm tentatively looking forward to this trip, it's been a lot of work geting ready for it. They have a state of the art tv but you have to bring your own linens. So not only am I washing clothes but towels, sheets and blankets too. Extras for those flying in that cant bring their own.

And I'm making dinner Sunday night (we've all been assigned a day to cook). I will be making ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, an assortment of fresh veggies and corn bread for 24 ppl. I have all the food, including the ham to drive up with. The only store near the place is 8 miles away and its small. Plus I wont have time to shop when we arrive or when we leave. Tonight I'll be making a list of what to do when so that it goes smoothly on Sunday.

See, a busy little bee I have been! But once the paper plates have been thrown out and the counter has been wiped clean, I am DONE for the rest of the trip! There is a method to my madness of being the first to cook.

Meanwhile I have done nothing with my knitting! That's ok, I will bring the tank and the sock and it will be fine. I also plan on bringing some new sock yarn and may cast on for anther sock while there. I think I want something mindless like a vanilla sock to knit while sitting outside.

The crazy thing abt all of this? The IO had a contract job end early (of course the timing was LOUSY!) and he has interviews lined up for next week, including a job that might start Monday. So he's not going. It's his family that's having the reunion and he's not going. BUT right now jobs are more important than reunions and the family understands.

Gotta love it! The computer is coming with me so there may be a post here and there. Those who are my friends on Facebook will be seeing more.

As long as there is a body to feed us, all is good.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Opening a HUGE can of worms!

We've been in the process of swapping out two bedrooms here at Happy Acres. We pretty much had it all done except for the closets and the bookshelf. #1 Son is moving into what used to be my craft room. It's bigger and brighter and he really does need the space.

However since he inhabits both rooms, they are both a mess. I told him if he could clear out his stuff from his old room, I can move my stuff in and we'd be done with it all. This gets him going and he clears out all his stuff. Now he wants to move my stuff from the closet. I said as long as he's careful and doesnt just throw the stuff in the room, go for it.

He comes in 15 min later and tells me that I have a lot of stuff!!! He pulls 5 things out and there is SO much more behind it!!! It's like a clown car!

Ten min later he comes back in to tell me he found a quilting hoop that is older than him. And it's still in the box!!!

I told him I bought all that stuff back when I was a quilter, but once I had kids all those plans got shot out the window! I also told him it was a testiment to how well I can pack a closet!!! When I walk into that back bedroom all the contents of the closet now fill up the room.

I've got a LOT of stuff..........

Meanwhile I've got great cloud formations.

We've been getting a lot of rain lately, including today.

Now that you know we're spending the wknd dismantling the craft room, what have you been up to?

Friday, July 08, 2011

I am on FIRE on a Feline Friday!

Kitty blanket #4 is done!

Finished in 5 days! I used three strands of the TLC Essentials that I just got on size 13 needles. Cast on 60 sts and 4 days later I have the above! This one is 20.5" x 21.5" and I used up 13.5oz of yarn. WOOHOO!!!!

Since this is a KITTY blanket for the shelter I came from, I don't mind sharing the spotlight.......

That's very big of you Princess.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

TuSal - the Late Edition

Apparently I missed the New Moon. I can't seem to keep track. Even though I'm late, here's my TuSal for June.

There are bits of black floss from my Seasonal Fall, yarn from Kitty Blanket #1 and yarn from The Tank.

I'm moving right along on Kitty Blanket #4. I've got abt 8" done so far. I need to pull out The Tank because the reunion is getting close!!! Close enough that I need to start making lists.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Better than Fireworks

That would be a finish!!!

This is kitty blanket #1. I'm REALLY happy with how it turned out. However it's been on the needles for a LONG time!!!

Kitty Blanket #1
Cast on 90sts on size 10 needles
Date start: 2/4/10 (yes 2010!)
Date end: 7/3/11
Total project time: 1yr 5 months

Finished size: 23x28

yarn used: Caron Simply Soft Chocolate #20 and Wine Country #15
Naturally Caron Country Sunset

double stranded, chocolate used thru out the project, 19 rows for each other color

yarn used up: 1lb 2oz

Of course once this was done, I cast on for another kitty blanket!

This time I cast on 60sts using a size 13 needle and 3 strands of worsted weight. I don't expect it to be as big or take as long as the last one!!!!

The Tank did come out of time out today and I finished the back. I started the front but need to work on it during the day when I'm not tired. The pattern has me decreasing three different areas at the same time and I really need to concentrate! It didn't take long today to get thru it, maybe a half hour so I know I'll be able to get it all done tomorrow. Then it's on to the neck strip. Baby Girl should be wearing it in a week!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Go big or go home!

Those who have stitched with me know that I like to copy my charts so I can color in the areas I've done. Keeps the original in good shape and I can throw out the old tattered copy. Those who have stitched with me also know that my copies are HUGE! I have the IO make a copy for me, but he doesn't just make a copy, he scans in the chart and prints it out bigger, so I can see it easier. My personal copy ends up being 4 pages huge and I have to tape it together so I can keep track of where I'm at.

You need to know this abt the IO for the next story to make sense.

#1 Son likes to collect the state coins. We've talked abt getting one of those special containers that will hold your coin for you in the state that you have. The IO said don't bother, he can just print out a map of the US and #1 Son can just tape the coins to it.

I knew it would be big, but even this blew me away.

#1 Son LOVES it! He doesn't use it for his coins, though. Instead he has it taped to his bedroom wall.

As long as the IO uses his insanity for good instead of evil, it all works out just fine.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Feline Fridays

A kitten who will never lose his mittens.