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Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
I'm sure a lot of you heard abt the explosion in Central Florida from the Blue Rhino Propane plant.  I am far enough away to be safe but close enough to have heard the explosions!  At first I thought it was thunder and then it sounded more like fireworks going off.  Who knew a propane plant was blowing up???   This morning was hazy from all the left over smoke but by the afternoon it was your typical Florida sunny day.  At least for me.  I doubt it felt *typical* for those affected by the blasts.

I am thinking...that I have a LOT to do in a limited amt of time.  There will be some big changes coming down the pike and I'm having a hard time focusing on all that has to be done. 

I am thankful...I am not sick.  I had mentioned that #1 Son was sick last week.  Well he's better but Baby Girl got something similar over the wknd.  She never got as bad as him but she's definitely not well.  Today is the first day she's wanted food.  Three bite…

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...Rain, rain and more rain!  It started early today, around 10:30am, stopped, then started again.  It's 6:30 and I finally see the sun.  While I normally like rainy days, it's taking twice as long to run my errands.

I am thinking.. that I really am NOT mechanically inclined.  Number One Son was sick yesterday.  REALLY sick.  He sleeps in a loft bed and couldn't get down in time.  Needless to say his floor was a mess (not to mention the wall, but that might be too graphic to mention).  Since it was five in the morning and I had just gone to bed three hours before, I decided to douse the floor with Lysol, cover it with a towel and clean it up later on.  Later on turned into 24 hours later.  I cleaned up the clothes and the electronic cords and the other odds and ends on the floor before I lifted the towel.  Hey it dried up!!!!  Ok so I'll vacuum it up and just clean the bin.

It wasn't dry.

The wheels and belts are disgusting.  The hose is gr…

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
sunny and hot! I checked the local weather station (abt a mile away) and it said it was 86.  Not horrible.  More info revealed the heat index was 96.  Ugh.  I'll be staying in my cave of a bedroom.  Baby Girl is with me, #1 Son is still in his room. 

I am thinking...we have become slugs.  Or sloths.  Between the heat and the lack of transportation there isn't a desire to do much.

I am thankful...for this daybook.  It forces me to find something to be thankful for.  Too many first world problems can cloud what's really important.

In the kitchen...Grandma's Chicken was yesterday, today I have no idea.  I do have some ripe bananas that could be put into some banana muffins.  The downside to that is using the oven.  Maybe I'll slink out, make the muffins and slink back into the cold tomb my bedroom has become.

I am wearing...pajamas.  Wow, the more I'm reading this the more I'm realizing how lazy I'm becoming! 

I am creating...th…

Switching Things Up

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I had another finish this week, a kitty blanket for the shelter.

I LOVE the way the bulky yarns feel so squishy when knit up.  I cast on 54 sts on size 13 needles for this guy, used up 2.5 skeins of super bulky which resulted in a finished size of 23 x 18. 

Once I finished this off, none of my other knitted projects were calling my name.  I needed to switch it up.  So I pulled out some cross stitch.  First was the sheep I've been working on, but that one has too much white.  I then pulled out Too Pooped, but that one has a LOT of brown in it.  I started to look for Kitty Cat Row, but decided that Too Pooped needed a few stitches in it.  I've been obsessed with it ever since!!! 

Here is my before picture

I actually had a little bit more brown done before I started, but not much.  Here is where I am now.

And I still want to work on it!!!!  There is a LOT of brown left to do, but I'm still motivated and I'm moving along quickly so I hope to get more done before it goes …

Contest Winnings!

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Kathy from Kathy b's Yarn Garden had a contest a couple weeks back and I won!!!  I was expecting some REALLY nice Malabrigo, but she threw in some extra goodies for the fun of it.  This is what I got in the mail last week.

Isn't that a great package??  I got the yarn and some Godiva chocolate (that didn't melt in its journey!!  WOOHOO!) and these really cool coasters. 

Here's a closer look at that lovely yarn.....
Thanks so much for having a fun contest, Kathy!!! 


Another contest win from a long time ago was finally used, the Keychain Sock Blocker Sock.

Why is it that things are SO much cuter in miniature?!?  I pulled out some Cherry Tree Hill left over from another sock and made this tiny guy.  I will be making more, but I'll probably go up to a size 1 needle.  The zeros were a bit hard on my hands.  The only thing difficult abt this sock was using LONG needles for such LITTLE amounts of stitches.  I tend to drop stitches when I use the short needles, but I bet …

Poor Planning = A Dilemma

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I was on Ravelry the other day reading thru my forum groups when I came across a pattern that was for a charity sock drive.  Since I'm all abt the socks I figured I'd try it out.  I pulled out some brown wool that I bought at a GOOB sale plus some Regia bamboo yarn for the sock yarn held thru.  This is what I ended up with.

It's HUGE!!  I made the biggest size because those are always the ones that get ignored.  Since this looks like something you'd hang by the chimney with care, I had #1 Son try it on.  He wears a size 10.5 men's shoe so I figure it would give me some idea what I was dealing with.  The sock may *look* big, but its really thick and bulky too, which adds to the appearance.  The sock was less than an inch too big for him.  Ok that's a good thing. 

I'm not thrilled with the bulkiness of the sock or the fact that it was a bit of a job getting it over #1 Son's wide foot, but one is made so I go to get more yarn to start the second one.

This…

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
it's 87 degrees outside but it feels like 101.  And the IO wonders why I have no desire to go to Disney.

I am thinking... of another place to vacation.  Now that the IO is back at work (woohoo!) he really wants to get away.  I personally would rather wait until October, but the IO isn't a wait and see kind of guy.  I just don't want to go anywhere that requires walking around outside. 

I am thankful... the IO is employed

In the kitchen... tonight's dinner is a roasted chicken and tomorrow I will make some homemade tomato sauce for raviolis and thin spaghetti.  I am in the mood for some black beans and rice but I have no desire to make it right now.  I wish I had a Pollo Tropical closer.

I am wearing... a big baggy t-shirt that says:  "If things get better with age, I'm approaching magnificent!"    And yes I AM aware it is almost 2 in the afternoon and I'm still in my pjs.....

I am creating... I have continued on the pair of…