Sunday, January 27, 2013

End of Year Stats

For the sake of this post, let's pretend its the beginning of Jan instead of the end, shall we??  The fact that I planned on posting this a month ago leads me to believe that 2013 is going to seriously fly by! 

ANYway how was everybody's new year???  I'm hoping safe and fun.  As the year wraps up I like to take into account what I've accomplished.  So here we go with my end of year stats:

  • Socks:  6pr
  • Hats:  5
  • Ponchos: 2 (but we wont go there)
  • Art installation:  1 (that was my beige rectangle that I sent to a woman in the UK back in April.  I havent heard or seen anything since.  Oh well)
  • Fingerless mitts:  1
  • Baby Sweater:   1
  • Kitty blanket:  3
  • Basket:  1
  • Sunglass case:  1

Total projects completed: 21

Total yarn used up:  5.6lbs/4593yds

that's the same as 2.6 miles or a small baby!  Makes me feel like I've accomplished a LOT when I look at it that way!

fast forward to today

I already have a finish, my socks:

These came out really well and I've already worn them.  We've had some cool days here that required nice warm wool socks and they were perfect.  I really enjoyed knitting them.  The yarn is by Red Heart, Heart and Sole in Razzle Dazzle.  Really fun yarn. 

I started another pair in Regia bamboo, but I'm not thrilled with them.

I've tried knitting socks with bamboo, but I dont like the floppiness of them.  I want to finish the sock to see how it fits when done, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna like it.  Which means I dont work on it much.  We'll see how long it takes before I rip it all out.......

I DID rip out this scarf. 

I made a mistake in it and usually mistakes dont bother me, but this one just seemed to scream at me every time I worked on it.  The only way to shut it up was to rip it out.  The yarn ball is in time out.

So with so many projects giving me fits, I've been devoting time to my afghan.  I've finished up a few more squares

and am working on more.  So far I've done 10 blocks this month and hope to finish up a couple more.  I need abt 27 more before its big enough.

So how is everybody's first month in the new year going?  I've missed out on a lot of blog reading and hope to get caught up soon.....I miss everybody!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Felines

Why look at kitty pictures when you've got the real thing right here??

Friday, January 18, 2013

Feline Fridays

This is Tiger. For those of you who dont remember Tiger, she is the kitty that #1 Son picked out from the shelter at the same time we got Princess.

 Tiger is the kind of cat that would do well in a quiet house with no other cats to bother her. I do not have a house like that. At the beginning of 2012 she decided to spend time two doors down. We call that neighbor the Cat Lady. The Cat Lady is a very nice woman who has 3 kitties of her own, but they are INDOORS. Tiger has the entire backyard to herself. Tiger likes this so she now lives with the Cat Lady.

Since Tiger is a cat I don't take it personally (much. I've gotten used to the rejection). As long as she's healthy and happy, I am too. Months can go by and I wont see her. Then there will be a day where no other cats (or people) are around and I'll be outside cleaning out the car or attempting to garden when I'll hear a meow. We have a conversation (she'll meow in the beginning but I do most of the talking) and she lets me pet her head. She will not allow me to pick her up or to pet more than her head (I might be able to pet her back but that's on a case by case situation). Then she sits under the neighbor's car (still near but not near enough to touch her) and watches me. About 10 min later she's done and goes back home.

As I type this I realize how much of a cat person I am because I'm willing to go thru this *dance* just to pet her.

Tiger is a true cat and I am a true cat lady.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window...

It's actually warm out!!  It's 76 right now with an expected high of 82 later this afternoon.  In fact the rest of the week is supposed to be highs of 80.  January is usually our coldest month and I'm really not happy that the temps are as warm as they are. 

I am thinking...
that I need to go grocery shopping.

I am thankful...
that I have a grocery store to go to. 

In the kitchen...
I made Grandma's Chicken last night and I actually had a piece of chicken left over that I ate for lunch.  I thought it was enough but I'm finding myself still hungry.  There isn't anything in the house to eat, hence the need to grocery shop.

I am wearing...
grey pants and a school t-shirt. 

I am creating...
my sock has been slow going.  I did a few more rounds on the gusset last night but I'm still not done with it.  I think 6 more rows should do it...

I am going...
to the gym.  I almost hate to mention it here since I dont know how long it will last, but I'm paying for it so I might as well go.  Monday was a Zumba class and today was Yoga.  Ok yoga is HARD!  I enjoy the stretching but I have a lot less strength than I thought.  Pilates is next on the list. 

I am wondering...
how long I'll be able to keep this up.  Somebody posted on Facebook a couple of months ago that an attainable goal would be to walk a mile a day.  I thought, I could do that!!!  Not as easy as it sounds.  It's finding the time.  Now that the kids are back in school I go after I drop them off, but there is something wonderful abt having my quiet time.  Yes I know I'm making myself healthier but sometimes I just need that quiet.  This is why I'm taking it one day at a time.

I am reading...
Feh.  Next question.

I am hoping...
to keep making progress in my craft room.  I went thru a couple of bins, and hope to do more.  I have so much yarn and SO much fabric that I really want to focus on using what I have instead of adding to the chaos.  Again, we'll see how long this will last.

I am looking forward to...
a mom's breakfast tomorrow morning!!!  We try to meet up once a month but with all the busyness of the past couple of months it's been hard to do.  Tomorrow is the day!!!

I am learning
that working out is hard!

Around the house...
the IO is between contracts which means he's home.  all.  The.  TIME!   He keeps organizing which is slowly making me crazy.  Ok its not slow.  He's done it to the family room and the living room.  I have no dining room table because it's got piles all over it.  He's been wanting to tackle our bedroom or worse my craft room but I've convinced him it's something I have to do.    He really needs to start another contract.  Soon.

I am pondering...
how Casey Anthony is still making headline news.

A favorite quote for today...
This was on Facebook the other day.  I totally can relate to it!  I dont know who it belongs to, but it's   funny!

One of my favorite things...
Warrior Princess stalking her prey!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Mom's breakfast tomorrow, I've got a PTO meeting toward the end of the week and  my sisters' are taking us out for an anniversary dinner this wknd.  The kids are back in school which means slowly getting back into a schedule again. 

A peek into my day...

The middle section is all yarn.  And they are FULL!  I want to work on whittling it down a bit before I add to it.  I also want to gather the rest of the yarn that's in a basket in my room and bring it here.  If I'm going to have a mountain of yarn, it needs to be all in one place!!

If you want to play, go here

I think I got it now.....

Blogger can be such a pain sometimes! Actually more than sometimes but I'm too lazy to try to change everything over so I deal with Blogger and also my beach background. Gotta love the *simplicity* of it all. While I cant post pictures in the compose tab, I CAN in the HTML tab so here we go.

young people married 27 years
  Man we were YOUNG there!!!  This is what we look like now.
this is what you turn into when you've been married 27yrs

The black blob in the IO's arms on the table above is Sheba.  Sheba is the reason my husband is a cat person.  He found her on a job site back in his construction days and when he called her over, she ran up to him, climbed up his jeans and went into his work pouch!  It was all over!!! 

I know who to smooze to get a cushie home!
She was blacker than black which made her really difficult to photograph.  She was our Egyptian kitty cat because when she sat down, she looked like those royal cats etched in the Egyptian tombs.  We weren't even married a year when we got her.  She was in her 20th year of life when she died.  I still miss her. 

I'm not quite finished with my socks but I'm getting close.  Here is what I've got so far.

I like the way this one came out.  Sock #2 is abt half way done.

Now that I've figured out how to post pictures and now that the rugrats are back in school I'm hoping that I'll be able to post more.  I have abt 3 posts in my mind all set to go.......

Friday, January 04, 2013

Feline Friday Festivities

Twenty-seven years ago these young children were married.
 (insert cute young picture here)

Normally I'd post the picture of us on our wedding day, but I chose this one instead.  It includes our first kitty as a married couple.  Sheba.  She is the reason the IO is a cat person.  He had pets growing up but it wasnt until Sheba crawled up into his work pouch (he was a wood trim carpenter back in the day) and won his heart. 

(insert cute picture of black kitty here)

Well apparently blogger is being a pain and wont allow me to post pictures of anything!!!!    I finished one sock and started the other

(insert finished sock here) 

(insert cuff of second sock here)

and I'm seeing the difference between the two skeins.  One has deeper richer colors and the other skein is  a bit more muted AND it's wrapped the opposite way so all the striping is in opposite order.  I'm glad I didnt go nuts with making sure all the striped matched!!!!

Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to post pictures of all that I've talked abt.  Gotta love technology.....