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Saturday Sky

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Without my royal palms to frame my picture, its a tough decision where to take my Saturday sky.  Nothing makes me happy.  This one seems to have won out.

and our weather forecast for the rest of the week.

I'm not happy abt the high 70s, but I'll take what I can get.  Then again who else can say they can ring in the new year at the beach in a bathing suit??  I wont be doing it, but I could!

I've been making progress on my sock, moreso than I usually do.  I've taken a picture every day since I started it around the same time each day.  This is what I've got......




I'm NEVER this far along in a sock so quickly, but the stripes in the sock keep me going.  I'm just abt finished with the gusset and hope to be close to the toe decreases by my next picture tomorrow.

Hope everybody's having a fabulous Saturday!

Feline Fridays

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We have socks on the needles!!!!

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and all is right in my knitting universe........

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...

It's a warm day, around 70 degrees.  Normally I wouldnt think it was warm but between the humidity and working around the house, I feel warm!

I am thinking...
of taking a break.  I think I bit off more than I wanted to chew today.  Baby Girl has been sleeping with me (the IO roams alot at night) and she's taken to using the matress pad as a blanket.  I decided to strip the bed and wash everything but that included taking everything off the foot of the bed (I tend to pile things there) and put things away which ended up being more than I expected. 

I am thankful...
for a clean family room.  The IO has been going crazy in there the past couple of days, going thru piles, getting rid of junk, redoing the area where the TV lives.  It's putting the rest of the house to shame.  Hence my project in the bedroom.....

In the kitchen...
I'm about to start dinner.  Tonight's meal will consist of Grandma's Chicken (stewed chicken my grandmother used…

Rounding Third

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One more week and the year is over.  Weird. And apparently the Mayans were wrong.   Yet *another* end of world apocalypse that I've survived.  This bodes well for the upcoming zombie one.

We keep things simple here around the holidays, which means that while alot of you were running around like crazy, we were having a nice quiet day (well as quiet as we can have with all of us home).  Baby Girl and I  were going to deliver the kitty blankets to the shelter today, but I think they shut down.  When I went to look for the number to check if it was open today, I couldnt find it.  I tried leaving messages at a few other shelters but everybody is closed for the holidays. I'll find out more the first week of Jan.

Meanwhile I've been getting caught up with blog reading, organizing my Ravelry notebook, and figuring out how much yarn I've used up this year.  I need to weigh a couple of projects but I cant find the scale.  Once I do that I'll be writing an end of the year pos…

Monday Morning Update

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I've decide with all the insanity rampant in the world today, I'm going to switch gears and turn the tv off.  Instead I'm going to put on a stupid movie (The Wedding Date) , update this blog, catch up on blogreading and perhaps fold some laundry. 

And yarn. Lots and lots of yarn.  I've purchased some.  I've won some.  I've been given some.  Now all I need to do is find a place to put it all.  Oh the drama! 

Purchased:




Given:






Won:


Projects:  I'm still working on my squares, made two more which now has me up to 35 squares.  However I've decided to make it a bit bigger than I originally thought so now I'm LESS than half done.  At this point I think I'm going to knit until there is no more yarn left and that will be the size of my blanket.

Baby Girl's poncho is also coming along but I've fallen a bit behind the schedule I set up for myself.  It's just hard to be motivated to work on a thick poncho when the weather has been near the 80s…

Saturday Sky

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Poncho update:  I'm abt 20" in and it's true what they say, garter stitch eats up more yarn than stockinette stitch.  With the yarn I have, I'll be lucky to get 40" out of it.  Since Baby Girl is not that tall, I might be able to get away with the length.  We'll have to see.  Either way, I'm ahead of where I wanted to be with the poncho. 


#1 Son update:  This is what a 14 y/o looks like.


I told him that I wanted something other than that canned smile so he decided to channel a super model!  He's a quirky kid that's for sure!!!!  And he's officially an inch taller than me, making him 5'5"!  He LOVES that part!!!!


Saturday sky update:  I went outside to get my picture and this is what I saw

BLUE sky with one big white piece of cotton stretched out over the house!!!  It was a very cool looking sky that is no where captured in this picture.

Speaking of pictures, I got a new camera but I'm not completely thrilled with it.  It's mu…

Friday Felines

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A New Month

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November was a very crazy month ending with a bang.   The IO was on his way home a few days ago when the transmission in his van gave out.  He added some transmission fluid that enabled him to get close to home before it completely died.  Our plan was to run this van into the ground, and apparently we have succeeded.  Thirteen years and 171,000+;  yep she served us well.

Now comes the part of finding another vehicle.  We havent had a car payment in a LONG time and I'm not looking forward to starting one.......

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Now that December has started and all the baby items that needed to be done are done, that leaves a variety of things to work on that fall into the WANT TO category.  Hmmmm, that turned into an overwhelming decision.  There are so many things I WANT to work on, but which to start first???  The one that ended up being picked was the one at the top of the want to pile.  Remember this project?

It was a good idea in theory…

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
It's a sunny day at around 72 outside.  The weather is highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s all week.  My kind of weather!

I am thinking...
That instead of trying to get caught up, I'm starting fresh.  Too much to catch up on. My calendar from the past few months is just nuts.  Things seem to be slowing down a bit and I'm going to embrace that. 

I am thankful...
for the downtime. 

In the kitchen...
not alot going on until I completely get all dishes done.  It seems that there are always dishes in the sink or on the counters.  Sometimes I'm winning but it seems lately there are more dishes on the counters than in my cabinets.   And in the interest of eating more at home (and cutting back on spending so much on fast food)  I'm trying to cook the entire week.  Yesterday we had burgers with mushrooms, cheese and bacon.  YUM!  Tonight will be spaghetti.  Tomorrow night will be a tough one since we have something going on at night and Pizza…

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...It is gorgeous!  Right now it's 59 degrees and sunny.  We expect a high only of 70.  LOVE this weather!!  Wish it happened more often.

I am thinking...abt what my schedule is for today. 

I am thankful...that the election is over!

In the kitchen...I will be having a family dinner this wknd.  The turkey is defrosting in the fridge and I need to dig out the rest of my aunt's recipes.   For those of you who are wondering why I'm not waiting another week for Thanksgiving, well those who know me know I buck the system.  I dont need a national holiday to get my family together or to give thanks. 

I am wearing...a San Diego zoo tee, sleep pants and a pair of hand knit socks.

I am creating...the 2nd sock for my niece.  I need to finish it soon since we will be seeing them in a week and a half......

I am going...to be at both schools today before I have to pick the kids up.

I am wondering...when I get a day off.  I think I need to schedule one in........

I a…

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...Beautiful!!!  Cold this AM (around 48) and we even broke temp records in Daytona Beach, but it warmed up to high 60s.  We'll be back to a high of 80 by the wknd.

I am thinking...that I need to knit up more hats.  It seems the ones that I like for me are the ones that seem to be used most by others in this house!

I am thankful...that we missed the brunt of Sandy but sad that there was so much damage to the northeast.

In the kitchen...bacon mushroom cheeseburgers for dinner tonight.  I was told they were the best burgers I ever made.  Not sure if it's because of the bacon or the soft white buns but I'll be using this combo again!

I am wearing...t-shirt, sweats and handknit socks that no longer fit #1 Son.

I am creating...I'm not so much creating as I am organizing (sort of).  I FINALLY got rid of those 5 garbage bags full of fabric.  Instead there are now 2 bags of fabric in my craft room and 4 white trash bags of fabric on my craft table in the…

Feline Friday

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Saturday Stash

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Not only did I take a picture of my sky but I'm actually going to post it today!!!!

It took me a second, but then I realized something.  My sky looked different.  Do you see the difference?? 

Go here to see it.

I'm hoping they were removed because they were diseased and NOT because they were unwanted.


I double checked, and it seems that I've posted on Facebook, Ravelry and Sock A Month, but I havent posted here.   I finished Samuel's socks!

I really like the way they came out.  I used Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett color #04251.   48 stitches on size 2.5mm needles.  Cuff is 3.5" of 3x1 rub and .5"of stst.  Foot is 6.5" before toe decreases.  It's my basic sock;  the one I go to all the time.  This should fit a child between 7 & 8.

I've started another pair of socks for his sister. 

Lorna's Laces Sport Weight.  I just started the heel.


We went to Joann's the other day to pick up some spray paints for #1 Son.  Ever since he saw a str…

Would you recognize yourself?

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I needed to get new tires last week.  Once they were put on, I was happy.  I mean, REALLY happy!  They were pretty to me.  The next day when I took the rugrats to school I looked at them again and they made me smile.  Then I shook my head.  How on earth do new tires make me happy?  When did THAT happen?? 

I know the logical reason behind it, but sometimes I wonder what my 20 y/o  self would think abt this.  Or abt me for that matter.  I knew I wanted to be married and have kids.  Check.  That would be no surprise.  Having a messy house is no surprise since I always had a messy bedroom.  (while I had HOPED to be neater in my *old age*,  my mess would be a bit of a disappointment, but not a surprise). 

However.  

What happened to my long hair????  Where are my freshly manicured nails??  How did I get so FAT?!?  You get excited abt tires????  You garden???  I dont go to new restaurants any more.  I'm not the first to see movies in my peer group.  I dont drive a nice car.  I think m…

Feline Friday

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Couches are so much better when they are on their sides.....

A Visit From an Old Friend

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Remember Tiger? 


I dont post pictures of her anymore because she doesnt live here anymore.  She moved out almost a year ago.  Apparently the house was too crowded with cats and noise so she left.  I know some of you think I'm kidding, but I'm not. She lives 2 houses down now, but every once in awhile she stops by for a visit.  It usually involves me being outside in the AM and cooler weather.  Yesterday was such a day.  The cold front we were expecting (cold front = high of 85 this time around) came thru and the morning was beautiful.  After finding ourselves stranded by my flat tire, Baby Girl and I stood near the tire hoping if we stared at it long enough, it would instantaneously reinflate (it did not).  I heard a meow that sounded familiar and I turned around.  On the property line sat Tiger!  She wont cross it (funny how she knows where it is, but humans need to measure) so I have to approach her.  She seemed genuinely happy to see us.  She let me pet her for a little bi…

Simple Woman's Daybook

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Outside my window...
Darkness.  This is the first time I've actually stopped today.  Between finding a place for the upcoming repast, trying and then failing to fix a flat tire (we thought it was a slow leak so we used fix a flat last night.  It was flat again this AM) and having my septic tank back up, my week has been crazy.  And it's only Tues!  Repast location as been reserved, septic tank has been pumped, but tire is still flat.....

I am thinking...
how I need a vacation.  A few of us moms were talking abt this over the wknd.  It seems life has gone from craziness to insanity.  A friend of mine has been renovating her house and she is in the process of her kitchen AND her bathroom.  Yes she is crazy.  It wasnt supposed to be at the same time, it just worked out that way.  We are all waiting to become bored housewives, but it just never seems to happen.

I am thankful...
that I have a working toilet.

In the kitchen...
Not a whole lot.  However I do plan on roasting a chicken for…

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
It is cloudy and I'm LOVING it!!!  We've got a cool front going thru, which means the highs will be in the 80s instead of the 90s, and, most importantly, the humidity will drop!!!  Fall is here! (Florida style)

I am thinking...
that I need a new vacuum cleaner.  The IO took BOTH vacuum cleaners out to the garage (still with no door) and they are covered in sawdust.  I refuse to clean the vacuum cleaners before I clean the house.  We will live in filth one more day.

I am thankful...
that the kids are finally starting to get better.  Baby Girl is just about back to 100%, and #1 Son is getting close.  He still has a headache in the AM, but that's from his sinuses.  I'm thinking of adding a humidifier/air cleaner to his room to make it easier on him in the AM.  I know we have one around but if the IO got to it, I'm better off getting a new one.

In the kitchen...
Our local grocery store is wonderful.  It's my favorite one of all the stores …

Fourth Quarter of 2012

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When I woke up Monday morning I thought of two things:

1:  How did I survive September?

2:  How on earth can it possibly be October?!? 

October to me is the beginning of the end of the year.  Yes there are still three months, but very busy three months.  

September was a month of sicknesses.  Sept 1st was the first time I went to Urgent Care with #1 Son and I've been back and forth with both kids ever since.  In fact they are both home today.  Sinus headaches abound!   I'm so glad they are smart kids or else they'd be having a hard time with grades. 

I've had a friend start chemo, which ended up with her in the hospital after her first treatment with Broken Heart Syndrome.  It's where the top part of the heart doesnt pump and the bottom balloons out.  They just had a segment abt it on ABC Nightly News and she could have died from it.  Same friend's dad had a major stroke last week after a heart procedure and he's in the hospital with a 50/50 chance.  I t…