Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday evening books

I have been doing a lot of reading lately.  In fact, I have finished three books this past week and am happy to report, none of there disappointed me.  Let me tell you about them.

This was a pretty good read.  I had a hard time getting into it but that could have been because my friend, Bev, was actively dieing at the time.  Once I got into it. I could hardly put it down.  It was a good read and Yes, I would recommend it to others to read it.

Wife by Wednesday (Weekday Brides Series, Book 1) by [Bybee, Catherine]

I finished this book today.  It was a light read, but if you do not like graphic sex in your book, this is not for you then.  There is not a lot of graphic sex, but there is some and it is between a man and wife.  So make your decision based on that.  I enjoyed the book.  It was fairly light and pretty predictable l enjoyed reading it.  It only took me about 3 hours to finish it thought.

This book was a total surprise for me.  I normally do not read anything that sound religious but for some reason I downloaded this book.  It was really really good.  It even told me I could read it in 1.5 hours and I think I completed it in 2 hours on Sunday (I was knitting while reading)  It was an uplifting story.  I would highly recommend this book.  If you are not a religious person or do not have any kind of faith, maybe, this will change your mind.  It does not promote any specific religion at all.  It speaks truth and I loved it.

This is all for tonight.  I want to go and watch a little TV while hubby is at school and continue knitting.

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week 13 Update

Our Year 7 is zipping right along.  We have been at this for 3 months now.  What a grand time we are having.  I so enjoy reading all the other YOPPER's blogs and getting ideas from them.  We have quite an eclectic group this year and it makes me so happy to see different crafts coming into the group.  We never said it had to be only about knitting or crocheting and I am glad that distinction was never made.  If you would like to see what all we have going on, take a look here.

I did not post yesterday as I was very busy working on my knitting and making bread.  Today I am making our menus for the week, doing laundry (only 2 loads this week) and working on the knitting.  Speaking of knitting:

Let's see what I have for you this week to look at.

Square 4 is at the same place it was last week.  I got going on square 4 and did not want to stop.

Square 3......................darn near finished.  I was gong to take the time this morning to finish it but decided to go ahead and do my blog update.  I will have this done today yet and will be back working on square 4 as soon as this is off the needles.  I am so excited.  Fingers crossed that it is done before the end of the week.  My week is not super crazy busy but I do have 3 extra appointments this week.  

I am feeling much better today too.  The Antibiotics have kicked in and I no longer feel like I want to stay in bed all day.  I do miss my steroid energy LOL.  I am trying to stay active anyway.  I am heading back to the gym this week, now that I am not coughing and blowing all the time.  That always makes me have more energy and I look forward to the physical workout I get there.

Our weather has cooled off a bit for the past couple of days and we are supposed to be below 100 for the remainder of this week.  I walked outside yesterday morning and actually felt chilled!  It was 59 degrees out.  It is the time our year where I can sit outside with my knitting in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and listen to nature and just be still.  My dogs have started chasing each other around again, and that is a sign the weather has finally cooled down.

I blogged everyday last week, excluding Saturday.  I really enjoyed doing that.  It is amazing how much I had to talk about.  I am going to try and blog more often, maybe daily from now on.  If you want, you can follow me by email or on bloglovin'.  I love it when you guys post your comments.  That is where I learn quite a bit from y'all. 

OK..................back to the crafting area LOL.

I thought I should review my list this week and see if I have done what I set out to do so far this year.  The items in red are what has happened since the start of year 7.

YOP 2017 - 2018

This year ALL of my WIP's will be completed!  This is a priority this year.  Here they are:


Dive in Shawl...........................Started 7/6/15 FROGGED 7/4/17
Boxy Sweater...........................Started 11/17/15
My Crochet Doll........................Started 7-1-16
Eva Shawl in Alpaca.................Started 7-10-11
Log Cabin Blanket.....................Started 7-17-11 RESTARTED 7/25/17
Grainne Shawl.........................Started 7-3-17
Mr Darcy Sock #2.....................Started 7-5-17 completed 7/18/17
Petty Harbour socks................Started 7/20/17
Half Granny Square Shawl......Started 8-31-17 completed 9/15/17
Chevron Shawl..........................Started 9-17-17 FROGGED 9--23-17

New Items To Work On

Socks............I have over 100 skeins of sock yarn and 98% of it is variegated.  It needs to be                       used up!  
Shawls..........I am in a prayer shawl ministry at church, so will have 1 shawl going at all                               times.  This also will help use up some of my stash yarns that are over flowing                       in all weights.  OOPS..............HAVE PURCHASED SEVERAL MORE SKEINS OF YARN JUST FOR PRAYER SHAWLS.
Test Knits......Will do just a couple as time allows this year.  As long as I have the yarn to go                       along with the test knit I will consider it. 

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday blessings

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I went out early this morning to the fresh fruit and veggie store. (Sprouts)  I snagged some yummy deals.  They had a 72 hour sale going on.  

I can tell it is getting into the fall season.  I am craving squash.  I picked up butternut, acorn and yellow summer squash today.  I also grabbed a pineapple as they were on sale for $.88 each.  It needs to sit on the counter for a couple of days to ripen a bit more. There was also, some wine that was on sale as well as dried cranberries and ground flax seeds.  I love going to this store and it is the only one I don't get angry in while shopping.  Everyone there (Staff and shoppers) are super courteous and very helpful.

I came home from there and went onto Ravelry to search for shawl patterns to go with all the yarn I have.  I found 3 patterns that I believe will suit the yarn and printed them off and have them with the yarn now.  I can download the patterns to my tablet but......if I need to make any changes to the pattern, my tablet will not allow me to do that.  So, I go the paper route which drives my hubby crazy. LOL  He understands my reasoning but it still makes him a bit nuts.

After all that, I sat down and worked on my 'to do' journal and got it all set up for the next month.  I love to decorate it with washi tape and stickers.  It makes it look so cheerful. I also got my appointments for the next month listed in it.  I love my journal and I love writing my to do lists in it and then marking everything off as I accomplish my goals for the day.

The mail came and brought me some treasures too.

Some books to add to my reading list.  This is not all of the ones I just ordered.  I have 1 more book to be delivered.  It will complete the Cypress Hollow Yarn series.  I won't be getting to these anytime soon though.  I am still reading on my kindle and also 2 other paperbacks.  I need to get something completed before I start another book.  I have several more on my Kindle to read too.  Have I mentioned how much I love Thriftbooks?  They have an app for that. LOL

Hubby and I were graced today with visits from a son and our daughter.  It is nice to have them drop by just because they are in the area.  I love visits like that.  I know then, that my family is comfortable to just come by when they want and not worry about 'making an appointment' to visit.  That is the way I always wanted my home to be.  In fact.............I have a funny story for you about just that.

We welcomed any person our children brought to our home.  Some were great kids and others just needed a shoulder and an ear and we were happy to supply those for them.  My hubby was a police officer but never pointed fingers or threatened any of the kids that came to our house.  He was like a dad to all of them and treated them like he did our own children. When our next to oldest son was in high school...............he was always bringing his friends to our house and they would just hang out and listen to music or go swimming or just be around.  There was one young man that came over quite a bit.  (Let's call him Sam) Sam's parent were super intelligent and very scholarly.  Sam had his issues but was one of the most polite and kind kid that we had in our home.  He never disrespected us (others did that).  With hubby being on the police force, dinner would be prepared at many different hours of the evening.  Sometimes 5 or 6 or even 7 or 8.  No matter when dinner was getting ready to be set on the table, the door bell would ring and there would be Sam.  I can never turn away someone from eating when we are sitting down for a meal.  I would always welcome Sam in for dinner.  I learned after the first 2 or 3 times, to make enough for Sam to enjoy too.  Come to find out later.................At Sam's house, his mom would cook a pound of bacon every night, put it on the table and tell her husband and son to do what they wanted with it!  No wonder he was at our door nightly for dinner.  We joked about it for years.  I have not idea what ever happened to Sam.  He got in with the wrong crowd during his college years and that is the last we heard of him.

Dinner is cooking (chicken and squash), I have a nice glass of Chardonnay by my side.  The log cabin is being worked on.  Baseball is on the TV (Go DBacks!).  Life can't get much better than this.

I doubt I will be updated tomorrow.  I want to really concentrate on the log cabin and see how much I can get done on it.  I also have some household chores to take care of (laundry and changing sheets).  We also go to Mass on Saturday evening and then have dinner out with our friends and family.  With football  (American style) back on the TV on Sundays, that gives me plenty of time to blog, plan menus, make grocery lists and all that kind of thing.

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