Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Sky

So I finished #1 Son's slouchy hat.  YEAH!!!! 

The bad news is it's too poofy for #1 Son.   See?

 It is now Baby Girl's hat.

This yarn is different from the other slouchy hat I made and it doesn't drape as much. The back sticks out more and it just doesn't look right on #1 Son. 

So I shopped JoAnn's on Thursday to get yarn 40% off AND free shipping!!!!  Guess what I ordered?!?!?!   

ONE SKEIN OF YARN!  That was it!!!  I was very proud of myself too!  I looked at sock yarn and fabric that was on sale and just kept thinking of all the yarn and fabric I have upstairs and had absolutely no desire to buy any more than what I needed. 

I also came across some yarn that was stuck in a Target bag that apparently had some holes in it.  Amazing what moths can find when they are hungry.  I ended up tossing abt 6 skeins of cashmere/wool blended yarn.   Since I would have only bought that yarn if it was on sale, it made it a bit easier to throw out.  My stash is normally kept in plastic bins or plastic Ziploc bags, but I had pulled it out to make some cowls.  It apparently fell behind a bookshelf and the cats played with it for awhile (hence the holes) so by the time I found it when we moved, it had been thru a lot.    It wasn't favorite yarn so it was a bit easier to get rid of. 


Now that we are in the new house, my goal is to try and find a new view for my Saturday Sky.

I've got a few different places to take pics from.

If I was really ambitious I would drive a couple of miles to the lake to get some gorgeous pics of the sunset.  However I'm doing well to post a picture at all so I'll stick with what I've got. 

One of my favorite blogs is Attic 24.  Not only does she have such cheerful projects displayed, but she has an attic window that she takes pictures out of as the seasons change.  I always look forward to those shots. 

Living in Florida doesn't give you the same feeling of seasons changing like it does when you live in New York or Montana so I always enjoy shots of the passing of one season into the next.

PLUS she lives in England and has the most gorgeous view of rolling hills in the background. 

I cant decide where I want to shoot from so I've offered up five different vantage points.  There are ones I like better than others, and I'll probably just pick the best sky I see, but there is something to be said abt seeing the same area change over time.  Do you have a favorite view?  If you do, post it in the comments.  I'm easily swayed.  And totally stubborn.  Let me know what you think....

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window...
it is dark since it is after midnight, and it is thundering.  We are getting the tail end of that horrible storm that's going across the eastern US which will bring in cooler weather for us.  Tomorrow (tonight?) they are forecasting lows in the 30s in parts of Ocala. 

I am thinking... I am loving this weather!

I am thankful... that we will get cold but not so cold for snow.

In the kitchen...  tonight was the first night that I actually cooked dinner in this house.  It's about time too!  I still cant find all my pots and pans, but I made due with a smaller pan for Grandma's Chicken.  The stove is different plus my big burner doesn't work.  I really need to get my list of issues together for the property manager.

I am wearing... a big blue t-shirt for jammies. 

I am creating...  I have abt 40 more rows on #1 Son's hat before I can start the decreases.  He's already asking for it.

I am going... to work a bit more in my craft room tomorrow.  It's starting to pile up in there and I'm not liking it.  I'm trying to avoid any more chaos than I already have.

I am wondering... if I will ever be fully unpacked. 

I am reading... blogs and Ravelry.

I am hoping... for a quiet mind.  Not sure that's gonna happen any time soon. 

I am looking forward to... the New Year?  Is it too soon to ring in 2014? 

I am hearing.... thunder and totally surprised that Hemi is still on TOP of the bed!

Around the house... my goal is to try and unpack at least one box a day.  So far that seems to be abt all I'm able to do.  You'd think it'd be more, and yet there it is.  At least I am realistic and am keeping up with my goals no matter how small they may be!!!  :)

 I am pondering... how long we will live in this house and how ANYBODY survives the teenaged years.

A favorite quote for today...

 One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner.....

Hey this is a different back yard!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  while most of you will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday with family and friends and a turkey, we buck the system here at Happy Acres and instead we will have a quiet day watching tv.  IF I make anything, it will be a lasagna.  I don't need politicians to tell me when to be thankful for what I have.  I do that daily.  I also don't need them to tell me when to  have family meals.  I do those twice a year.  I will have my sisters over for a turkey dinner sometime in December.  However I'm no fool, I have two turkeys in my freezer.  When they are being sold for $.59/lb, you stock up!!!!  That is WAY cheaper than chicken! 

And while most of you will be shopping on Black Friday, I will be bowling with my family.  Don't get me started on Black Friday, another tradition I avoid.  I shopped twice in the past 4 years on Black Friday and the stuff I bought was either still on sale the following week at a cheaper price ~or~ the deal I ordered turned into an absolute nightmare. 

 A peek into my day... I returned my vacuum cleaner to Sears today (wanted to beat the mad rush of Black Friday)  (btw did you know Sears will be open all day on Thursday?  I knew a lot were opening on Thursday but not the entire day, but I digress) and will pick up my new one next Wednesday.  That's another week of not vacuuming.  Not my ideal way of starting out in a new place.

It is late and I think I need to start shutting things down.  While I'm sleeping in, my body is still used to getting to bed by a certain time.    Hope everybody stays safe and warm this week.

Monday, November 25, 2013

And now for something a little different

As I slowly unpack boxes I am finding things that I need for my knitting.  I have found my Denise needles and thankfully the ones I needed were in the box (the rest are tied in with other projects that are still MIA) so I was able to cast on for not just one but TWO new projects!

As I was cleaning out a dresser drawer I found I used two cotton dish cloths that I knit up awhile back.  I tried making a few but I don't really use them and apparently I decided to line my one drawer with these particular two dish cloths.  What a great idea!  So while I'm trying to find where I packed my socks, I decided to cast on for a dish towel for one of the bathroom drawers.

I'm using this pattern for the dish towel and I'm using the I Love This Cotton brown yarn I bought at Hobby Lobby a week ago.  I really like this yarn, normally cotton yarn tends to hurt my hands as I knit with it, but this yarn feels more like a soft acrylic than a cotton.  I could see this yarn being used for a light sweater, depending on how it washes up.  A big reason I don't like knitted dish cloths is they aren't absorbent enough for me so any that I've made tend to be used in other ways, ie drawer liners or appliance covers (I use an old knitted dish towel to cover my griddle).  I will be interested to see how this one washes up.

Another project started is a slouchy hat for #1 Son.  He was looking for a knitted hat that he normally likes but found one I made for Baby Girl instead.  He said he wanted one just like it and who am I to ignore a knitted request!!!  Last Friday we drove to JoAnns and I let him pick out some yarn.  This was his choice

and I cast on right away.

We are on Thanksgiving break this week and I told him that by the time they go back to school it will be done.  He looked surprisingly pleased which means I've got to kick it into gear. Its a hat so its not hard, but since it's slouchy there is a bit more material to knit.  He says Baby Girl is a hipster, but honestly he is more of one than she is.  Now the question will be if he can wear it to school or not.  School policy is no hats, but if it's cold enough they've been able to wear them during the day.  At least the knit ones haven't been a problem.  We'll see.

Last but not least I do have a finish!!!  I finished up kitty blanket #3.

I really do love mindless knits and this fit the bill.  There are 3 different black acrylics and three different colored acrylics in the blanket.  Details include:

80sts on size 10.5 needles

20 rows of blue
20 rows of yellow
40 rows of teal
20 rows of yellow
20 rows of blue

finished size is 22 x 17.5

I actually only did 16 rows of blue at the very end.  I ran out of blue, but it was so close that nobody will be able to tell. 

I'm hoping to find the knitted blocks I've been working on for awhile now so I can attach them and actually use them this winter.  We've been getting some cool nights and it would be perfect to have for the next couple of months that is our winter.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Morning-ish Update

WARNING:  Ungrateful, whiny rant ahead.  If you feel the need to be judgmental,  move along. 

Proceed with caution.   You have been warned.

I hate moving.  We moved 9 times in 11 years before we moved into our last house.  The day we moved in I told the IO that he would have to bury me in the backyard because I was NOT doing that again!

Fast forward 16 years and here we are.


This time with two additional people and 16 years of baggage (both physical and mental).  All of the stuff from the old house is out.  Completely.  Nothing is left.  The IO even brought the garbage because he was afraid he'd throw something out that I wanted (probably how the moldy taco got packed away). 

However if I thought my house was chaotic and a mess before, this is ten times worse.  I have yet to cook.  I have pots and pans, dishes and bowls and forks, but no knives.  I have bought sponges twice already and have yet to find one. 

I cannot find my vacuum receipt which means I have yet to vacuum. 

While this house is bigger in square footage, my closets are also smaller.  The linen closet is bigger, but I only have one and it's on the second floor. 

I have a two car garage, but it's a bit short and my van does NOT fit in it. 

My kitchen feels more spacious but I have less cabinets, which means I need to be creative in how I put things away.  Plus they are taller and the second level now needs a stool to be able to reach the back.  The third  level shelves are in the nose bleed section.

I have started going thru my craft room (which is also where the bookshelves and guest bed will be so all crafting will still take place on the dining room table) and I have been able to pare down some things, but I can already tell it's not enough.  Remember how I said my closets are smaller?  The old office closet was also a storage area.   Hmmmmm, more creativity needed. 

Don't get me wrong, I am VERY happy to be here!  I have baseboards!!!  I have working toilets (even though my bathroom does tend to run, the chain gets stuck)!  I have four working burners on my stove!  This is a beautiful house.  I am just adjusting. 

So while I complain abt how I can't find room to fit things, what do I do??  I hit Hobby Lobby on Friday!!!  I ran out of black acrylic yarn for my kitty blanket and I was meeting a couple of local friends to stitch with (more on this in a later post) and I wanted something mindless to work on.  On my way there I stopped in Hobby Lobby to get this.

I've been wanting to try out their yarn for some time and my 40% off coupon convinced me this would be a good time to do it!  I have to say, I really like it.  Soft and non splitty.    While I was there some of their cotton jumped into my cart as well.

I let it stay since it was on sale.  Two skeins of yarn for less than five bucks works for me!!

I finished the kitty blanket and will post abt that tomorrow.  The downfall is that I have no idea where my sock project is.  I know where my yarns are, but cant find my needles.  This is probably my downfall;  no knitting to ease the stress of moving. 

So there you have it.  My one woman pity party.  My ungrateful whines are over, at least for now.    Now I'm off to Chipotle for some lunch.  I need the energy to attack the kitchen.   I'd love to empty out a couple of boxes before the kids get home.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.......

......and I'm hoping it's not an oncoming train!

The Great Move of 2013 is almost complete.  Thank goodness!!!  This has been the MOST chaotic, hectic, disorganized move ever!  Before we lived in this house we moved 9 times in 11 years.  However it was just me and the IO and the longest we ever lived anywhere was abt 4 years.  This move came after living in the house for 16 years AND  two additional ppl!  

The good news is that nothing broke, but we did get a few new scrapes on a couple of pieces of furniture.

The highlights of this move?

---My new vacuum of one month died.  I need to find the receipt to return it and get another one.

---NEVER have a yard sale the same day you plan on moving.  WAY too much work in one day.

---We ran out of boxes and had to unload boxes in order to reload.  Garbage bags were eventually used.

---We had the power shut off a few days after we *thought* we'd be done.  #1 Son and I raced to finish packing before it got too dark to see.  The IO had to get a generator just so we could see what was in the back of some cabinets.

---A taco was packed in one of my bedroom boxes.  It was not pretty. 

---I think more food was packed because there is something in the kitchen that is smelly but I can't find what it is.

---Items that lived in the old house was *stuff*.  Same items in new house is now *crap*.

All things considered, we did a pretty good job in getting everything out of the house.  What is left is in the garage and we will get that on Saturday. 

The million dollar question is how the cats reacted.  Hemi was a wreck the first couple of hours.  He shook and would either be on me or under the bed.  At one point he hid so well we couldn't find him (he was under the dresser and he blended right in!)  The first one up the stairs was Lucy.  Princess moaned the first night at the top of the stairs.  The second night she moaned outside of Baby Girl's bedroom.  The third night she was fine.    Everybody has been upstairs so the scary stairs have been mastered.  Cat litter is being used (they are now indoor cats and never used the litter box at the old house).  We've been here 5 days and they have adjusted well.

Now that we have most of the stuff out of the old house, we need to unpack the new.  AND life does not stop because of this.  Today was Baby Girl's A Honor Roll ceremony and tonight she has a concert.  #1 Son has a band thing tomorrow night.  Next week we're heading out to Gainesville for another band thing (do you see a theme going on?!?)  I actually look forward to Mondays when everybody is back at work/school and I get to put the house back together. 

Meanwhile I just want to play with my yarn.

Kitty fix AND Throw Back Thursday! 
Hemi and Lucy 8/07

Saturday, November 02, 2013

The Saga Continues.........

Nine days ago I had over two weeks until my yard sale and another two weeks before we moved.  Seven days ago I found out I read the calendar wrong and I only had one week before my yard sale but two weeks before we were moving. 

Thursday I found out that I will not be having a yard sale this wknd because the house sold sooner than expected and I have to be out by the 13th.  YIKES!!  We call up the property management co of the house we are renting to see if we can move in sooner.  Yes we can!  So we quickly scrounge around to get enough money for the final payments to move in (remember I thought I had 4 weeks before I needed all the deposits, etc) 

Yesterday we drive out to the mgmt. company to sign the new lease and get things rolling (cleaning the house, put in a new lock on the front door, etc).  The original meeting time was 10am, but was then moved to noon to give them time to prepare everything for us to sign.  We  didn't get there until almost 1:30 because they are located in downtown Orlando and my GPS sent us to the wrong area.  As we sit and wait, regular life continues on which means Baby Girl calls to say she's  back early from her field trip (first one I never went on), can I pick her up, and #1 Son had to be picked up from school.  I'm now making phone calls to family to see who can pick them up.  Meanwhile I still haven't eaten lunch and am raiding the Publix bag of half priced Halloween candy.

Got everybody taken care of (sister picked up #1 Son, Baby Girl would wait for us) and we finalized all the paperwork.  We couldn't get the power turned on that day, but we were still going to move some boxes and stuff to the new house. 

Electricity.  It's kind of important.  Something you need in today's lifestyle.  So when we got a call from the power company telling us that there was unauthorized use of electricity prior to us moving in, we knew it wasn't going to be good.  The outstanding balance had to be paid before they could turn it on for us.  The property management had NO IDEA.  Not only did they not know there was an issue with the account to the house, they had no idea that the house had no electricity on!

So as of right now, we wait.  We wait for the property management to get in touch with the property owners (a large conglomerate of money that buys houses for the sole purpose of renting them) to straighten this out.   The IO is worried that there will be issues and that the large conglomerate of money (the owners) will fight the other large conglomerate of power (the electric company) which will leave us without power.  He doesn't want to move in until we know for sure this will be straightened out. 

Did I mention I need to be out by the 13th?? 

With all this going on I still need to pack (yard sale stuff will also be packed and saved for another day) and be ready to move somewhere in less than two weeks.  So what do I do??  I go to a high school football game, of course!!!  It was the last one of the season and I wanted to be there.  After the game we had a friendly battle of the bands!
Those kids had SO much fun!!!  And some of them are REALLY good!

No matter what happens, Annie is right, the sun'll come out tomorrow

and it did!  Here's proof before it went behind clouds for a rainy morning. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some packing to do.  If anybody has any refrigerator boxes or pup tents, hold on to them;  I may need them in a couple of weeks.........

Friday, November 01, 2013

Feline Fridays

Don't forget to pack me!!!