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Sunday, July 23, 2017


Happy Sunday everyone.  Another week has flown by.  I have made progress this week. Seems I had a bit more time to knit this week.  Lots of waiting rooms in my week = lots of knitting.  Let's take a look;

Finished my Darcy socks.  They have had a nice soak. been blocked and are now ready to be mailed to their owner.

Worked just a little bit on the Grainne shawl.  See the progress marker?  That's all I did this week.  I only worked on it for 1 day though and there are over 300 stitches a row.  I am ready to start another mesh section.  Should get that going this week.

I picked up the log cabin blanket and completed square #2.  It is a very easy knit, so easy it is almost boring.

I laid the 2 squares side by side and realized, the next 2 squares need to be adjusted or the middles will not line up right.  Glad I laid them out. The pattern called for 9 colors and we only chose 6.  Makes a big difference in the end when putting the squares together to get the light/dark log cabin effect.

After all that fun, I decided to go and cast on another pair of socks. That almost didn't happen though.  I have so many WIP's I kind of felt guilty thinking of adding another project to my needles.  Then I realize.......socks aren't WIP's.  They are calming, lovely, traveling, small, in your purse projects.  So let the casting on begin.  I had a hard time choosing between the Car Socks and Petty Harbour socks patterns.

Petty Harbour won.  I know the stripes don't match.  I tried to match them would have required gong down 3/4 of a skein to get the matching stripes.  They will be under pants so who is going to see them?  Hubby has already claimed them as his.  This is the first time making this pattern but will not be the last.  I am happy it does not ruin the stripes of the yarn.  It is a simple 4 row pattern and I already have it memorized.  I do like the fact it has a bit of texture and is not plain vanilla.  I am hoping to make them long enough for him to wear them in his boots.

It was a great week,even if it was busy.  Next week is pretty busy too but there is plenty of down time to knit too.  More waiting rooms.  July must be health month.

Until next time.............Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Midweek check in

You could say we are in the dog days of summer.  Case in point:

He has such a hard life.  LOL  Actually, this was last night.  He and his 'sister' had been to the vet for their yearly check up and vaccines, so they were very tired after that ordeal.  Not to mention, we had repair people in and out of our house all day.

First up, the TV repairman and his lovely daughter.  They replaced all the parts that were given to them and the TV is now...............................still broken.  A new TV has been shipped to us and we should have it in about 10 days.  So in the mean time:

The dead TV sits in front of our fireplace waiting for a proper burial.  And then we are watching this:
Our old 32" TV.  This is my view from where I sit in the family room.  As you can see, I need binoculars to see it LOL. 

While I was at the Vet with the puppies, the Pool guy came to install the new salt system for us.  He was still there when I came home, so had to keep the boy dog away from him.  The female dog is wonderful with everyone, the boy dog is fine as long as you face him, but turn you back and.....................................nip at the ankles happens.  Usually it is only with men though.  

We finally got our 'house' back to ourselves around 3 in the afternoon.  So, it was a pizza night.  Neither of us felt like cooking, that is for sure.

So now you know why it was such an exhausting day for my pups.

Then today happened.

I had my Dr appointment for my blood pressure meds.  I am A-OK and will just continue the way I have been.  Until I drop some of this weight, I will not be able to decrease my meds. That is on the agenda and I have been working on it.  Well, other than the pizza last night, I have been good and dropping about .5 a week at this point.  Exercise is next on the list to re-introduce to my routine.  I am sure it will happen sooner rather than later because...................
Hubby and I have a nutritionist appointment next week to get this crazy diet thing taken care of.  I am sure she is going to insist he get some form of exercise each day.  Housework twice a week is not going to cut it.

After my Dr appointment, I went to Sam's club to pick up a couple of items and while there I found a wonderful 2 in 1 tablet/laptop.  I decided I would use it so much and took it up to pay for it only to find out it is discontinued and they did not have any in stock other than about 30 miles away from me.  So, tonight I am researching 2 in 1 tablets to see what I can find out there.  I use my tablet almost all day long for all sorts of things.  (Social media, games, blogs, patterns etc)  I am wanting to get something that is a bit more user friendly especially in the pattern area.  My tablet does not allow me to make notes on patterns so that is an issue if I ever make changes and want to  make the pattern again.  I am looking at systems that use Windows 10, since that is what I am used to on my PC.  This will also help me with my tutorials for my camera.  My tablet is just too hard to see some of the finer details the tutorials show.  Fingers crossed I find just the right thing.

While at Sam's, my son called to tell us, he thinks his A/C froze up.  He is in Florida for the week and his wife was at work.  Off we went to their house to see what we could do.  It was 89F in their house.  YIKES!  We shut off the A/C, changed the filter and left.  It will need to sit for about 2 hours for it to defrost so it will work again.  My Daughter in Law, just got home, so I am hoping it will start pumping cool air out for her soon.  We have offered our home for her to sleep at tonight if she can not get it working.  The only issue is............they have 2 cats and she hates for them to be in that hot of a house.  

On the crafting front.........................I finished the sock last night.  YEA!!!!!!  I was going to start another sock right away when I realized I still have other WIP's that need my attention. I worked a bit on the Log Cabin Blanket today is too darn hot to have that thing on my lap for more than about 5 rows of knitting.  I might pull out my Boxy Sweater and work a bit on that during the heat of the day.  Or..............I might go ahead and cast on another pair of socks. I hate not having a pair on the go.  They are so good for taking with me when I leave the house.  I will ponder it for a day or two more and then decide.

Last night, after the sock was completed, I decided to do something about all the patterns I have in notebooks in my craft room.  They are not small notebooks either.  AND.....they were not in any type of order, so, looking for a pattern I had printed out could take quite a bit of time.  Take a look at the new improved system:

Yup, no problem finding my patterns now.  Yes, I know the label is not straight on the left one.  The one on the right isn't perfect either.  That will be dealt with at a later time.

And take a look at this:

These are the page protectors left over after I sorted and threw out patterns that would never be used.  Now, you have a better idea of what a mess I had.  I feel so much better having it organized.

Tomorrow is Prayer Shawl Ministry day.  I will be working on my Grainne Shawl again this week.  I have not touched it for about 3 days because of the sock.  I will probably work a bit on it tonight.  It is good TV watching knitting.  Since I am in the Prayer Shawl group, I will always have a shawl or lapghan on my needles or hook from now on.

Busy day again tomorrow.  So this is what it is like to be retired.  Always busy!  

Until next time................happy crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

What a difference 24 hours makes

I was reading over my post from yesterday and realized how quickly things can change in a days time.

Yesterday I visited my friend who has the lung cancer that metastasized to her brain.  She has lost a lot of ground since I saw her last.  Conversation was a bit awkward as she could not hold a train of thought to make a complete sentence or answer any questions I asked.  I was so sad to see the decline, but was very glad to be with her for a while.  I will make it a point to get over to see her more often.  Even if all I do is sit next to her and hold her hand. I just want her to know, she is still loved by us. She loved the prayer shawl too.  

Weather news........................we got one hellacious thunderstorm last night.  We had gusty winds, lots of lightening, thunder that shook our house and then a gully washer of rain.  We got .63 of an inch of rain.  For us desert rats, that is a lot of rain to fall in 45 minutes time. Thankfully, we did not have any storm damage in our neighborhood.  There were flash floods to the north of us and it took the lives of 9 people.  So very sad. Flash floods are quite common in the desert.  Especially with the forest fires we have had.  There is nothing there to soak up the water when it rains and so it just flies down the mountains picking up all sorts of debris on the way down.  Very dangerous stuff.

Also, looks like hubby does not go back to Vegas until the middle of August.  So I have time to complete that sock, no problem.  Although, I will say, I am on the heel flap now.  The recipient has very small feet, so I am still planning on getting it done this week.  I love doing heels and this pattern still has interest on the foot part.  Therefore, I should not get bored and put it down after the heel is completed.  I also like grafting toes.  I know........I am a strange creature.  I don't know why I enjoy that part, unless it signals the end of a project.

Today, hubby set to cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen.  He is so good at this.  I do the deep cleaning of the kitchen, but he takes care of the floors for me as my RA does not like me doing a lot of mopping.  I also enjoy dusting and do that for him too.  He does all the heavy work and has for about 10 years.  Love this man.  Laundry is still my job and I do not complain about that in the least.  I never liked the way he hung or folded the clothes.  I am a creature of habit in that area.

After he was done with the cleaning, we had to re-glue our border on our steps that goes in and out of our dining room.

This is the third time we have tried to glue it down.  This time, we used Liquid Nails.  I don't know why we didn't do that the first time.  I swear by that stuff.  I have glued outdoor ceramic fireplaces together with it and it holds fantastically.  Now it just needs to dry for 24 hours and then we will take the tape off and pray it works.

Dinner is in the crockpot.  We are having chicken thighs cooked in salsa.  We will make taco salads out of them.  I love the crockpot and stopped using it for a while.  I have no idea why. It sure makes my life easier on the days I visit my mom.

We are eating low carb now because of hubby's A1C results.  We waited until we got back from Vegas to hit if full force.  It has been a challenge for him more than me.  I am taking my questions with me to my Blood Pressure appointment this week.  She is the one that told us to go on low carb/low glycemic diet.  He is allowed 250 grams of carbs/day.  It sounds like a lot but...............did you know a regular can of soda is 66 grams alone?  Fruit can use up a lot of grams too and that is what we are eating for desert now.  Everything is getting measured until we get to the point we can eyeball it.  Oh the joys of getting older!  If any of you are having to follow this for health reasons, leave me any helpful hints you have.  I need all the help I can get.

That about sums up my day today.  Need to get dinner on the table, so I can continue knitting on the sock.  Hoping to get the heel completed tonight.  That just leaves the foot and toe and I am done.  Will keep you updated.

Until next time..................Happy Crafting.