Showing posts from November, 2015

Not Even Close

While I was doing pretty well in the beginning for NaBloPoMo, life does get in the way.   Mentally I've posted four more times, but until they come up with a way to post via brain waves, they just swirl around in the grey matter.

Since the last time I've posted, we've had concerts, field trips, plays, volunteering and just normal insanity.

The field trip involved a bit of a drive so I cast on for a kitty blanket.  This is 2 skeins in.

I also (please be seated and put down all food and drinks) finished a project.


Yes you read that right!!!  I finished a project!!!!  And not just any project.  A cross stitch!!!!


Kitty Cat Row is complete.  It only took me 4 1/2  years.

Here are the stats:

Kitty Cat Row by Bent Creek

Date start:  early 3/11
Date end:  11/26/15

Stitched on 28ct linen in Sand over two.

No substitutions with floss were made.  I used all the specialty threads listed.

As I was finishing up the backstitching, my eyes were reminding me that th…

Moving Right Along

I've made progress on my sock.

I'm half way thru the heel.

I also pulled this out.

Baby Girl is in the National Junior Honor Society and they are having a supply drive for the local animal shelters.  After a few phone calls it was determined that they need food, towels, laundry detergent and BLANKETS!  That's where I come in.

Normally I knit up a couple of blankets every year for the local humane society, but last year was a real crazy year and I didnt get to do any. This drive got me itching to cast on for a blanket (or 2 depending on the deadline)  I've already cast on and did a couple of rows  We have a field trip tomorrow and I'm hoping to knit a bit on the drive there.  I'm hoping to have it done by Sunday.

And if any of you feel the urge to cast on for a blanket or cat toys, follow that urge and send them to me!   It would be wonderful to have a huge amt of knitted items to donate.  Let me know.

More yarn-y fun

Before I fixed the toe on that last sock, I actually cast on for another one abt a week ago.  It's been slow going, but I'm making progress.

This is sock #2 of a pair I started in 2014.  Hopefully I will get it done before the spring.

The Life of a Sock

Back in 2005, I began to knit socks.  I started with baby socks and decided to progress to a grown up pair for myself.

I followed the instructions on the Regia 6 yarn band which said to use a size 3 needle.  They weren't tight enough and they never really fit right.  I would wear them, but they eventually would work their way to the back of the drawer as I made other socks for myself.

Fast forward to 2013.  I decide that I don't want a pair of socks that I can't wear.  I don't want to throw them out so instead I unravel it.  NOT an easy job considering I've worn and washed them enough that the yarn had felted in spots.  I press on because I am stubborn and will NOT let this yarn get the better of me!!

I rewind the yarn, cast on using size 2 needles and add some additional sport weight grey Regia  and some leftover sport weight Lorna's Laces for the heels and toes.

Present day.  It is 2015 and we have had a cool front go thru that actually dropped the temps i…

Day 12

My way of traveling right now is vicariously thru you, my dear reader.  I enjoy pictures of different parts of the US, but I especially love places in Europe.  Europe is old.  I mean REALLY old!  Buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years.
America is a fairly new country.  The oldest spots are less than 300 years old (for the most part)  Plus people in America want NEW! and IMPROVED!!  When we were looking at houses, the older ones were the ones we liked the best.  They have more character and we like that.  

So as I read thru my blogroll I see that Bonnie is in Peru and Jan went to Latvia and Finland and Estonia.  She said in one of the towns MOST of the buildings were from the 13th-16th centuries.  VERY cool!!  
I also enjoy House Hunters International.  The episodes where people are looking for a place to live, NOT vacation.  Those bug me.

So what do you do when you want to travel?  Search on line?  Watch foreign movies?  Make an excuse to visit family out of state??

Just Like That

When #1 Son was born, he was a very hands on child.  He had eczema and teething was really hard on him.  REALLY hard.  His highest fevers were just before a tooth would pop thru.  Doctors can say that fevers with teething are coinidental, but that boy NEVER had a high fever unless he was teething.
side note:  he had a high fever a couple of years ago and it really surprised me.  I happened to say to him that the only times he ever had a high fever was when he was teething.  He said he had a molar breaking thru in the back.  The next day his fever was gone and his tooth was thru.  
By the time he was two, his eczema was under control and he had all his teeth in.  He never went thru the terrible twos.  He was calm and happy.
Just like that.

When Baby Girl was born, she had to keep up with her brother.  Physically, not so much (she didnt walk until she was 13 months old, just like #1 Son) but on an intellectual level, she wanted to keep up.  I was never allowed to read to her.  SHE had t…


We were having problems with our a/c (AGAIN) (this is Florida and we are breaking heat records left and right!) so soon after I dropped Baby Girl off at school, #1 Son and I decided to get out of the house for a bit.  We went geocaching and did some hiking along some of the local trails.

We also decided to drive to a  town that we hardly ever get a chance to go to.

I love this area and really need to visit it more.

They have a boardwalk with trails around the lake that are really nice.  It was SO peaceful and the breeze coming off the lake made the walk really pleasant.  It was misty and cloudy and such a nice break from the heat.  When we got home it was much more humid and warm, but I totally enjoyed my daycation with my boy.

Cleaning out the fridge

I love left overs.  I love taking what is left of a meal and making something out of it the next day.  I especially love when there is a meat or a veggie left over, no matter how much.  It might not be much for a serving, but throw it in some eggs and BOOM you have an omelette!!


I had a burger left over from dinner the other night and nobody ate it the next day.  So I crumbled it up, and started to clean out the fridge.  Some left over kale here, a few mushrooms there.  Throw in some garlic and hot pepper flakes for flavor.  Scramble in some eggs and top it all off with the last piece of swiss cheese.  I even toasted up the bun the burger was on.

Breakfast is served!!

Any left over starch like pasta or rice needs some kind of sauce.  And I've found that frozen potatoes (like french fries or tots) dont heat up well the next day.  They need to be the real deal to taste good.

So where do you stand?  Are leftovers something to be excited abt, just waiting for a second chance i…

Saturday Sky on a Sunday Afternoon

While I really wanted to try and post every day, I knew it was going to be hard yesterday.  Friday night was Senior Night and 8th Grade Night at the high school and Saturday was MPA, the district competition that we shoot for all season.

8th Grade night went really well.

And so did MPA. My Saturday sky while they warmed up.

Speaking of warm, it was SO hot.

We had one person taken to the ER and 6 or 7 others ended up in First Aid.  The majority of them were freshman who still havent gotten the concept of hydrating all week long, not just as the games.  Last year we froze, the year before that it poured.  Next year should be a hurricane (hurricane season doesnt end until the end of Nov)

Regardless of the weather they did fantastic at MPA with straight superiors.

2015 Marching Band Season is in the books.

Feline Fridays

Lucy wanted to say hello.

Day 5

There is something about an aisle of yarn that is soothing and relaxing.

Even if it includes Red Heart.

I blame the time change.....

My internal clock still hasn't changed to EST.  So instead of being used to waking up at 6:40 to take #1 Son to school, I am waking up at 5:40am.  Not so much fun for a night owl.  As I'm laying in bed deciding to get up or go back to sleep, the IO wakes me up.  He cant find something and hates to wake me up but he needs it for work.  I told him where it was, but being a man, he cant find it so I get up to get it.  No worries, I'm already up anyway.  What he is looking for is stored under the staircase and when he is apologizing again for getting me out of bed, I tell  him not to worry abt it, I'm alrea-   BAM!

I hit my head on the sloping part of the ceiling where the stairs are.  I hit my head HARD!  Not "wow that hurt let me keep getting what you need" hard but hard enough to see stars.  Hard enough to feel the impact and then feel my scull absorb the rest of the energy to protect my brain.  Hard enough to stand there a bit to take it all in.

Hard enough …
For Today... 

Outside my window... HEAT!  We broke heat records in Daytona (high of 90 with a previous record of 89) and near heat records in Ocala and Orlando.  It's NOVEMBER!!  "They" said we would have a colder, wetter winter.  Apparently it will only be for a day.  Right now at 10:30am my phone weather app says it's 81 with a real feel of 94.  The high is expected to be 89.  Humidity is also high.  Blech.

I am thinking... our last band competition is on Saturday.  Last year we FROZE.  The morning had a wind chill of 36.  It hit the 50s during the day.  This year we will bake.  We are expecting a high of 86.  Florida has bipolar weather.

I am thankful... for a/c.  I am thankful for this often.  I live in Florida.

I am wearing... jammies.  I had an appt earlier that required me to put clothes on, but it got cancelled.  I immediately changed back into jammies.  That's how I roll.

I am creating... honestly, nothing.  I want to work on some socks and the sweater (you k…

Day 2

As I was catching up on blog reading, CJ from Above The River posted some pictures of a castle.  This got me thinking, visiting a castle has to be added to my bucket list.  I've always been fascinated by them and would love to actually stay in one.  I've mentioned this to the IO, but he has no desire.  He thinks it will be cold and damp.  I dont want to LIVE in one, I just want to stay in one!  That's ok, Baby Girl will most likely be my travel partner when she gets older.  She already wants to go to Sweden and I'm sure I can find a drafty old castle in the country somewhere. (I just googled it and there are plenty)  That is, after we stay here.

After I left her blog, I started looking on line and found this place. Chateau Gudanes .  It is an old rundown castle that an Australian couple bought and are now renovating.  I cant even imagine.  Gutting a bathroom is one thing, restoring a castle is a life long endeavor.

But it is a beauty.

What travel plans would you love …

NaBloPoMo Begins.....

So I've had the insane idea of joining NaBloPoMo and posting every day this month.  Why not?  I have nothing else going on in my life!!!

(insert maniacal laughter here)

Actually I plan on doing this.  Every day.  For a month.  It's you, dear readers, that will have the challenge.

What mundane drivel will she spew today??

You'll just have to tune in to find out!

It is November 1st, which means if you have a physical calendar, you should have a new picture to look at.  This is mine.

What does yours look like??

We also had the time change today.  How do you feel abt that??

I still wish they would pick a time and stick with it.  I will feel off for a week!

And while we arent much into holidays around here, we do have fun!  Friday was our last away game.  We got TROUNCED with a final score of 56-0, but us band people had a blast!!  Us parents were up dancing with our band while they played songs from the 80s.  It was the other school's homecoming so we didnt get a chance to…