Saturday, June 30, 2012

Half way thru.......

June will be over in a few hours which means we will be half way thru 2012.

So, is it all you'd hoped it would be????

One thing I'm finding out is that I need to start slowing down a bit.  This year has literally been a blur and if it wasnt for the pictures that I take, I'd forget most of what's gone on.  June has been filled with school activites just before it ended, two different school camps, a cooking class for the kids, Disney twice, tropical storms that can't make up its mind as to where to go, tomatoes growing in the front yard
These were supposed to be purple, but they are green instead.  They looked a bit weird but they were YUMMY!

and a snake in my bathroom that Hemi brought in. 

Baby Girl went to grab it and it took off, yep, into my closet.  Thankfully it had been cleaned out after that mouse fiasco, but I still had to pull everything out to find it.  

Meanwhile I have a road trip that is coming up very soon and that means lots of finalizing of plans.  This is hard to do when you have an IO that keeps changing his mind abt things.  We've had to cut out certain things which has shortened the trip a bit, but we are still going to be gone for a couple of weeks and it's still gonna be fun!

I do have something finished before this trip, Elliot's socks.

I made these from leftover malabrigo yarn which means they are really soft and sproingy.  Perfect for little feet.  I'm glad I made them big because with the way the weather has been going, he wont need them for a long time!

Once I finish seaming the sweater (which I REALLY have to do)  I plan on making #1 Son a pair of socks.  I had pulled out some orange yarn for him that he agreed to, but I also know he likes blue so I pulled out some other yarn for him.  He said, ok, but then he saw my leftover sock yarns and he started pulling from that pile.  This is what he picked out.

It's a crazy line up but I KNOW he'll wear them!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

He's HERE!

Elliot Grey has come into this world yesterday around 6pm. 

He didnt want to come out even though he broke his swimming pool that he'd been hanging out in for 9+ months so after 36 hours of labor (my poor sil) they finally decided to do a c-sec.  Baby came out at 6lbs 11oz and 20" long.  Mom and baby are doing fine.  The mom even took the time to answer one of my texts to her!!  Already multi tasking so she's gonna make a great mom!!!  Looking forward to seeing the family soon.

Guess this means I need to finish up the sweater and socks huh?????  I still havent touched the sweater but I have abt 2" of the sock left to do before I start toe decreases.  I'll probably work a bit more on it tonight and finish it off tomorrow.  I NEED to finish this sweater in the next couple of days or it's just not gonna get done before we see them.  I'm hoping its not going to be too big.  My kids were both 9lbs+ when they were born so I'm not sure if my knits will swim on this little peanut.  Then again better too big than too small.  I had outfits neither kid wore because they were born too big to fit them!  LOL 

Speaking of these offspring, they got to take a cooking class at Disney last week.
 
#1 Son wasnt all that thrilled with it because 1) he was the oldest one there  and 2) it was much easier than we expected.  I guess I should have figured out it was going to be simple since it was from ages 6-12, but I was hoping there would be *some* challenging duties for the older ones.  Most of the kids were around Baby Girl's age, and while she found the class easy as well, she had a good time with it.  #1 Son eventually made the best of it by just laughing at the absurdity of it all.  Especially when the rubber gloves they gave him to use were WAY too small!  They had to go in the back and get the ones the grown men use. 

Oh and no he's not that much taller than me, he's on his toes!!!!  However I do think they've got the Iron Chef stance down, don't you think???

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Tale of Indecision

Last night it was this

tonight it was this


Yesterday was all abt the rain, today it was the wind.  It was gusty today!  My garbage cans were all over my front yard.  Granted they were in front of the garage at the time but I was still surprised to see how far they'd gone.  I finally put them on the side of the house. 

My favorite map??  The spaghetti model.

Apparently the computers still can't decide what it's gonna do........


Whatever the case, Debby is gonna be around for awhile.  

Apparently thru the weekend.  I might need to buy some galoshes if this keeps up!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Bit Water Logged

Normally when it rains in Florida you just need to give it a few minutes and it goes away.  However when there is a tropical storm named Debbie in the Gulf, then you feel like you are living in the Pacific Northwest.  It has literally rained all day.  The crazy thing is?  I dont mind it.  If it was like this all the time it would get old, but I'm actually looking forward to the next couple of days of solid rain.  

I know, I'm weird.  And probably the only one in Florida who feels this way, but I dont care.  I'm enjoying not being baked by the sun and letting nature take care of the plants outside.  It is making the cats a bit nuts.  I do keep a box of kitty litter in the laundry room for those times they can't or won't go outside, but Princess  does not like using it.  Hemi will use the box, or a pile of dirty clothes.  Guess which he chose today??  Lucy will come inside to use the box and then go back out. 

Cats are weird.

And so is this storm!  One day it was supposed to head west toward Mexico with one little spaghetti model showing it go right over Orlando.  The next day it has most models going over Florida with a couple heading for Mexico and Texas.  Yesterday it was back toward Louisiana and Texas then last night it was all over Florida.  This is what it's been doing all along and I think they've finally got it right.

This is where the eye of the storm is being tracked, however the majority of the rain is over Florida.  Hence the entire day of moisure falling from the sky.  Wonder what they'll say tomorrow......

Meanwhile, I double checked to see when the last time I posted was and it's been over a week!!!  WOW!!!  I posted the putting together of the baby sweater.  I have done a bit more.

I attached the sleeve.  WOOHOO!!!!  I REALLY dont like seaming up sweaters.  I'm not very good at it and it looks homemade instead of hand crafted.  See?

I still plan on giving it to the mom to be.  Her due date is now, but I havent heard anything yet.  Poor thing, she's got to be miserable.  You usually are this late in the game.

I only have the other side to seam up but I SO hate this part of the process.  So I'm working on the baby sock right??  Wrong!  I'm still on the cuff.  There are only 2.5"  of 44 stitches for this cuff and I'm still not done with it.  I really need to kick it into gear and just get it done.  I'm not enjoying any of it anymore and want to start a new project but since this kid  is due TOMORROW I really need to focus on getting it done.  I'm hoping that once it's all done and I block it, the stitches won't be so wonky.

School has been out for two weeks, but it only feels like it's abt to start tomorrow.  Between day camps for both kids, i'm still running around back and forth to the school, but I've got one kid at home which throws off my schedule.  Thankfully tomorrow NOBODY has to wake up early to go to school/camp/work.  Ok maybe the IO does, but I dont count him.  Somebody's gotta make some money! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm Getting There........

First you start with a jumble of knitted pieces.


Then you attach the shoulders,


pick up 130+ stitches


and finish the ribbing.


Now you take a break.  Tomorrow the sleeves and sides will be done.  Then the hunt for buttons begins.  I'm pretty sure I have some decent ones in my bin.  I only need four of them.  If not, then I'm off to JoAnn's for a looksie.


Meanwhile Hemi says:

Who needs a lap when I've got warm towels to sleep in?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Florida Weather

We are definitely in the throws of summer.  The real temp has been hovering in the low 90s, but the heat index has been in the triple digits.  Yesterday it felt like 105.  I just checked today and it feels like 113.  I dont care that it's not the heat, it's the humidity.  It's too darn hot!!!!! 

The garden has been suffering as well.  It's too hot to do much outside so I dont.  We have been getting rain in the afternoon or evening, but sometimes it's not enough.  I went out last night to water but had to come back inside when it started to thunder.  You dont want to play in water when it's thundering outside.  I've lost some plants, others are still alive but not flowering.  The petunias are still going, but struggling.  What's doing well??

My impatiens.  This pic doesnt really convey how well they are doing.  They live under my oak tree in the front yard and even though it's in a container, I havent had to water them.  The IO moves them around the tree as he mows, but that's the most attention they get. 

My tomatoes are doing ok as well.  Here are my Better Boys.

The bottom two will be picked soon.  I'm really looking forward to eating them!!!  I may need to get some basil and mozzarella cheese for a caprese salad.

My other unknown tomato plant is alive but I'm not sure abt the tomatoes.

They are really weird looking and are supposed to be a bit purple when ripe.   I keep having to reposition the stalks because it is SO thick and large!   We'll see what I end up with.

Meanwhile I am in my dark bedroom with the a/c blaring.  I am not looking forward to my electric bill for the next three months.........

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Now Comes the Hard Part.......



All of the pieces are DONE!  Just bound off the sleeves tonight.  Now I need to make this mess into a sweater not only good enough for a baby to wear, but decent enough to give as a gift........

Here goes nothing.

Monday, June 11, 2012

I found it!!

I found the bag of yarn I was missing 5 min after I posted abt it!!!  Isnt that the way......  Anyway I was able to start the sleeves and I'm almost 1/2 way done with them.

Hard to tell since it curls so much but I'm getting close to finishing them.  And yes I do both sleeves at the same time.  Only way I can get them done.  Once I get all the pieces done, then it's off to attaching them all.  My LEAST favorite part.  This explains my love for socks.  Once you're done, you're done.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer Break

The one bad thing abt organizing for me is not being able to find things I need.  I remember which pile held which yarn, but when I put it away I cant seem to find it again.  This seems to be the problem I'm having right now with the yarn I'm using for Elliot's sweater.  I've finished the back and both fronts and WAS going to start the sleeves yesterday, but I cant' find the yarn.  I have no idea where it is either.  I looked where I originally kept it, but it's not there.  Then I looked into all the areas that I MIGHT have put it, but nada.  I'll end up finding it when I'm looking for something else, but it's a pain because I REALLY wanted to work on the sleeves.

However I DO have one sock done

AND I know where the rest of the yarn is for the 2nd sock so WOOHOO for me!!!

I've also worked some more on my afghan squares, one more to do before I finish up these two skeins.  (and I know where the rest of that yarn is too)

Now that school is out, I'm hoping that I'll be getting more projects done.  And that I'm not as delusional as I think I'm being.  My high hopes always start when school is over and then when school starts back up again. 

I'll reread this again when school starts back up and quietly chuckle at my thoughts that I've typed right now........

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today:

Outside my window:  It rained on and off this afternoon.  You can tell it's summer by all the afternoon storms we are getting. 

I am thankful:  that it rained and I didn't have to water the plants.

In the kitchen:  nothing.  I have been wanting to make cookies for the past week to bring in to school.  Since tomorrow is their last day and I dont plan on making them first thing in the AM, it ain't gonna happen.  I had both kids bring in chips and salsa for their parties today.

I am wearing:  jammies.  I've been in them since 6pm. 

I am creating:  I finished one of Elliot's socks.  I really should be working on his sweater, but I'm not in the right frame of mind for it.   Instead I'm working on my afghan.

I am going:  to bed soon.  I'm really wiped out.

I am wondering:  what I'm going to do after our road trip to keep the kids occupied this summer.  I think I need to find a good deal on an above ground pool.......

I am reading:  Castle Fan Fiction.  Most stories are quick and dont require too much focus.  I also checked out two books by Janet Evanovich.  I have a feeling they wont be read any time soon....  I have SUCH good intentions but it seems I just dont have the time.

I am hoping:  for some normalcy.  I dont think that is a possibility. 

I am looking forward to:  sleeping in on Saturday.

I am learning: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Around the house:  this summer I want to work on both kids' rooms.  #1 Son's room needs to be painted and get new carpeting.  Baby Girl's room needs the same plus new window treatments.

I am pondering:  the financial logistics of a road trip, an above ground pool and redecorating....

A few plans for the rest of the week:  school ends tomorrow so let the summer begin!

A peek into my day:  Baby Girl had her award ceremonies for the end of the year. 

She did a great job and I'm really proud of her.   However the awards ceremonies are NOT what they used to be.  If you made a certain amount of points for both reading and math, you used to get medals or trophies.  Now you dont even get a certificate.   Instead the teacher comes up with her own set of awards to give out.  Kind of like superlatives rather than awards.  I cant remember what  Baby Girl's was (it's in the car) but when she was being described, the teacher said whatever she did, she would not just excel at it, but take it to the next level.  That is SO Baby Girl! 

At least she got a party afterward.  Poor #1 Son has exams the last three days of school. 

Tomorrow I will be enjoying my last day of quiet until Aug.........

Friday, June 01, 2012

Feline Friday


I usually caption these pics but I think I'll let you guys do this one.  What do you think Hemi is thinking/getting ready to do???