Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook


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 living room.  It's still in my house but moving closer to moving out!  I got 6 more bags of clothes that will be relocating soon too;  some to the school, some to friends and a couple to Goodwill.

I am going...crazy trying to find the time to get rid of all this extra stuff.  I've been calling around looking for helpers for the upcoming memorial services this Saturday.  For the most part it's coming along, but it still amazes me how opinionated some ppl can get.

I am wondering...why ppl go out in the middle of a superstorm.  Makes me angry and sad at the same time when I hear somebody died because they were looking at the sites or out for a walk.

I am reading...knitting patterns.  I was at a stand still but ever since we've had this cold snap it's got me itching to start all kinds of projects!!!!  I moved my afghan squares to the car but I'm never in line long enough to make a dent.  I need to start more in the house.

I am hoping...Saturday goes smoothly......

I am looking forward to...Monday.

I am learning...that patience is important.

Around the house...my living room is slowly looking like a living room again.  I really want my house to be in some kind of order because a lot of old friends are coming up this wknd for the memorial services and I'd like a flat surface for them to sit on.  However I may have to settle for a clean kitchen and bathroom. 

I am pondering...if I will ever have a totally clean house at one time.  I dont see it ever happening while I have kids.

A favorite quote for today.. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. - Abraham Lincoln

I prefer to rejoice.

One of my favorite things...is the warm body of a purring kitty next to me. (yes it is Hemi)

A few plans for the rest of the week:  finishing up the rest of the details of the memorial services of a dear family friend.  PTO meetings, and the collecting of funds for a fundraiser.

A peek into my day...
Corelle plates dont break

They SHATTER!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Stash

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 street artist in NYC, he's been itching to try the same thing.  Here is his painting.

He used a piece of plywood that is abt 3' x 5'.  I think he did a fantastic job!!!!  Now we just need to find a place to hang it.  If we ever finish off the garage, it would be PERFECT in there!  I'm having a tough time finding wall space.......

Of course I needed to look around to see what was on sale and I found this

Its really soft and I plan on making a cowl with it.

One of the problems I have with the Big Box stores is never finding enough of the same lot number for a project.  I really want to make a sweater, but they never seem to carry more than 8 skeins.  And even then they arent guaranteed to be the same dye lot.  However this time I lucked out.  I found some WoolEase in Cranberry and they had 12 skeins of the same lot number!!!! 

WOOHOO!!  I bought all they had!  I've never seen this before and not sure I ever will so while I dont have a project in mind just yet, I WILL be knitting up a sweater with this yarn!!!!  With the weather cooling down *just a bit* I will need to start it soon if I want to wear it in Jan.  

And if that weren't enough, I bought some fabric to line Baby Girl's dresser drawers. 

I cut those out today and she's moved all her clothes back into her original dresser.  We were given another dresser with a mirror and while it had more drawers, they are MUCH smaller and all her clothes could not fit.  We're back to what we originally had and it's SO much better!  We also picked out the fabric for new drapes but that will have to be for another day.   It was bad enough I spent this money after the week I've had!  But sometimes you gotta get a little softness after reality hits you in the face.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Would you recognize yourself?

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). 


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 my 20 y/o self would just implode.

This is why there is no time travel.

With all that being said, there is something that has stayed the same.  My desire to craft.  I always enjoyed it growing up.  I remember making a loom when I was in elementary school.  My mom taught me to knit and I made a couple of squares for a blanket.  I took up hook rugging.  I scrapbooked my photo albums before it was popular (yet now I dont do it at all).   I made a couple of collages with pictures I'd cut out from magazines.  What pushed me over the edge was learning to cross stitch.  That paved the way to quilting and then knitting again. 

So while my 45 y/o self would implode my 20 y/o self, I'm okay with that.  But it does  make me wonder what my 70 y/o self would do to me now..........

So what would implode your 20 y/o self?  And for those younger readers divide your age in half and go from there.


Since I dont like posting w/o a picture of some sort,  here is a picture of the farm we went to with the corn maze and hay rides.
click to make bigger to see the house better.....

I'll be posting more on this later this week.

BTW Tiger came by AGAIN today and looked like she wanted to come inside!  When I opened the door she took off, but I have hope she'll visit more often......

Feline Friday

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Visit From an Old Friend

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 bit and then she let Baby Girl do the same thing.  Then she sat abt 4 feet away and looked at us while purring.  We chatted back and forth and when she was done, she got up and went back home.

At first I was SO happy to see her.  She's doing well and looks great.  Now it just makes me miss her again.  But what can I expect?  This is proof positive cats are their own entities......

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

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 dinner tomorrow night.  Fast food is getting old REALLY fast.

I am wearing...
Grey shorts and a grey t-shirt. Didnt plan it that way, it's what was clean.

I am creating...
only one thing at the moment.  I'm back to working on my afghan.  Samuel's socks are done and while I want to start a pair for his sister, I haven't had time to cast on. 

I am going...
to the middle school tomorrow.  Apparently I am the chairperson for the fundraiser that was due today.  I signed up to volunteer.  NOT chair.  But since nobody else volunteered that meant that I was running it.  I found this out today.  Makes me worry abt the spring fundraiser since there are only two of us for that one.....

I am wondering...
how I get myself in these messes!

I am reading...
sadly, nothing.  But I have 4 library books that I've renewed twice.  Wonder if third time's a charm?

I am hoping...
for some quiet.

I am looking forward to...
This wknd.  I've got nothing specific planned and I intend to keep it that way.  We had fun last wknd (more on that tomorrow) but it's time to dial it down a notch.

I am learning
I will never be skinny.

Around the house...
the latest demolition project was the swing.  It was getting dangerous to play on so the IO took it down.  Only one piece has been removed from the back yard. 

I am pondering...
if anybody is still reading this.

One of my favorite things...
right now is dark chocolate peanut M&Ms.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Other than tomorrow,  I'm hoping nothing.  There is no school on Friday so there will be sleeping in enjoyed by most!!! (the IO still has to go to work)

A peek into my day...

for those of you who miss Hemi.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook


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 I've been in.  It's clean, the ppl are friendly and helpful and for the most part the shelves are stocked.  They have what is called Apron Recipes and every day around dinner they have samples of their latest recipe.  This is what tonight's dinner will be.

Country Fried Steak
This is a TRUE country meal.  Still makes me laugh how I had to move north to live in the South.

I am wearing...
Baggy blue t-shirt and grey shorts.  Basically my PJs that I have yet to change out of.

I am creating...
the second sock for Samuel.  I'm almost done with the foot and will be starting the toe decreases.  I weighed the ball of yarn left over from the skein and then I weighed the finished first sock.  I should have enough yarn with some to spare, but the more I look at the ball of yarn and think of what I have yet to do, it will be close.  I'm hoping to be done by the end of the week.

I am going...
nowhere today!  Other than picking up the kids from school, I dont plan on leaving the house.  It's been a long time since I've done that!

I am wondering...
what project to tackle first.  I have so many ongoing projects that need to be done and then there are the ones I want to do.  Just not sure what to tackle first.  Well I was going to tackle a project that reqiured a vacuum cleaner, but that's been put on hold.  Guess I will continue on with laundry. 

I am reading...
unfortunately, nothing.  This makes me a bit sad.  I've gone from books to blogs to fan fiction to nothing.  I really need to read during the day when everybody is in school/work since it's the only time I'm not interupted, but that's when I try to get caught up on TV shows that I love (watched the ABC comedy lineup this AM while eating breakfast and then folding laundry)  I really need to remedy that......

I am hoping...
that my bff will be able to deal with the life ahead of her.  Her dad is VERY close to hospice, she's going thru chemo, and her husband has been out of work for a year now.  Each one of those is a difficult thing to get thru, she's going thru them all at once. 

I am looking forward to...
going to a corn maze this wknd.  Its the same group from last year and we should have a great time.

I am learning...
how quickly the house falls apart when I dont keep up on housework.

Around the house...
this is SUCH a loaded question.....

I am pondering...
how everybody is having something in their life to deal with.  Even my friends' kids who have just recently gotten married.  Life can be good, but life can be hard.

A favorite quote for today...
The internet is a lot like ancient Egypt, people writing one walls and worshiping cats.
Saw this on Facebook and it cracked me up!

One of my favorite things...
online games.  Right now it's what I find mindless and relaxing at the end of a taxing day.  Plus I can still play when answering where homework is, what we have for dessert or interupting a sibling fight.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Honestly not much and I'm loving it!  I think I have a PTO meeting on Friday and something else tomorrow but that may fall thru.  I need some quiet time in the house.

A peek into my day...

This is how Baby Girl went to school this morning.  There was no spirit week, no dressing crazy for the day.  We got the tights from JoAnn's along with the glasses and bow tie.  They were a Halloween costume if you wanted to dress as a nerd.  It cracks me up how being a nerd is cool.  She also put strips of duct tape on her jeans.  The duct tape had mustaches on them, again another cool thing.  So what does it say abt a child that goes to school like this??  And what does it say abt the mother who lets her????  She is weird but so is the gene pool.  And I love how she just doesnt care what ppl think.  And as long as she dresses appropriately (boobs are covered and so are butt cheeks) I really give her a lot of leeway. 

So there you have it.  We got more at JoAnn's than just duct tape and crazy outfits which I will post abt tomorrow.  Meanwhile everybody enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Fourth Quarter of 2012

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 told her to keep popping those xanax and I'd be over to teach her knitting. 

Meanwhile the IO has taken over the garage.  He's been in a mind set of being *helpful* around the house.  This always scares me.  The good news is my garage is cleaned out.  I had to rescue some items from the trash, but for the most part, all the junk is gone.  I hardly have anything in there anymore.  The bad news is my a/c in my room was broken and replaced with one from the 1980s (the IO was fixing a perfectly working a/c, drilled thru something he shouldnt, almost burnt out the 2nd one, but all is fine now).    Oh and I no longer have a garage door.  He decided to disassemble it.  And make a new one.

Bets on how long it will be before I have one back up...........

October is turning into another busy month.  School events.  Fund raisers.  A corn maze adventure.   The Food and Wine Festival in Epcot with a couple of friends.  A baby shower.

Lots of fun stuff, but oy I'm already tired!  I just need everybody healthy..........

September was a month of finishes as well, and if you lasted this long, you get rewarded with pictures of finished projects.  I was on a kitty blanket roll (easy to do when the brain is dead) and finished 3 of them.

Kitty Blanket #1

100 stitches on size 10 needles.  Caron Simply Soft Black with various Sassy Stripes from the stash.  Measures 25" x 23.5"

Kitty Blanket #2

45 stitches on size 10 needles.  White acrylic with various other acrylics from the stash.  Measures 11.5" x 13"

Kitty Blanket #3

80 stitches on size 11 needles.  Various worsted weight acrylics doubled.  Measures 24.5" x 24.5".  I just finished weaving the ends in an hour ago. 

That's three for the shelter and I may be able to get one more done before we go.  I'm waiting for cooler weather to drop them off, but with the forecast reading high 80s for the next two weeks, I have plenty of time......

To break up the kitty blankets and to avoid knitting anything for family or babies, I looked thru More Last Minute Knitted Gifts and decided to make a soft basket.

I used some cotton yarn from the stash and I think it came out really cute.   However I made the small one and it's SMALL! 


So there you have it.  The only thing on the needles is my ongoing afghan squares so I cast on for sock #2 for my nephew.  I'm abt an inch in.  My goal is to mail it out to him in the next couple of weeks.  I just checked his weather as well and the temps in NC are in the high 80s with a heat index of 90. 

Apparently I have some time with the sock as well...........