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Tu Sal on a Saturday Afternoon

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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........

Feline Fridays

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This should keep her home!

I'm Back!

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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…

Road Trip!

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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 t…

Opening a HUGE can of worms!

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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 am on FIRE on a Feline Friday!

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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.

TuSal - the Late Edition

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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.

Better than Fireworks

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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'…

Go big or go home!

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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 t…

Feline Fridays

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A kitten who will never lose his mittens.