Archive for the ‘Family and Friends’ Category

Happy Birthday A.

April 6, 2019

 

 

He’s one year old today.

Here he is with his Grandpa, my brother.  He is always smiling.  I think he knows how lucky he is.  He has brought so much joy to his parents and grandparents.  I love to listen to my brother and sister(in law) talk about him.  You can hear the happiness in their voices and see the joy on the faces.  Keep doing what you do, little guy.  I love what you’re doing to my family.  And, I love you, too.

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A Little Bummed

April 6, 2019

My laptop has been acting strangely lately, so this post is a bit out of date.

I had to put my coat on this morning.  Yesterday, I only needed a light sweater. And my feet are cold. I started the day with cotton socks, but I gave up and changed to wool.  I bought some cotton for socks a week ago, but I can’t start knitting them until it gets warmer.  It’s just me.

  The kids seem to be waiting for warm weather, too.

A squirrel has discovered the suet feeder, so we need to get the trap.  We haven’t had to use it for a few years. I have no idea where it is.  When we do manage to catch him, we will take him on a little trip across the river.

My old friend, Joyce, is in the hospital again.  She fell and broke her hip.  Now she has pins in both hips.  She has osteoporosis.  She’s shaky and uses a walker.  I try to visit her when I go to my son’s, but often she is too sick or has medical appointments. I worry that I will one day get ‘the call’.  We have been friends for nearly seventy years.

Is Winter Over?

March 20, 2019

After a long and grumpy Winter, I’m finally starting to feel human again.  Last week, I actually managed to wash my hand-made wool socks and hang them out on the line.  I took a picture, but it’s in my phone and I have to send it to my laptop.  I hate typing on my phone.  It is so great to be able to go up and down the cellar steps pain-free.  Well, almost.  My left knee still needs to be replaced, but I going to wait until Fall.  There’s just too much to do.

Here’s a picture for those of you who actually like Winter.

 

Shawl Pictures

September 28, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I really like getting pedicures.  Most nail places around here are not unlike a greasy spoon.  You’re not sure of the food on your plate and you’re definitely not going to use their lavatory.

Happily, there is The Day Spa in Blades. Everything is fresh and clean and the ladies are just lovely and it’s just one mile from my house.

They are also very accommodating.

Blue Scarf

September 21, 2018

This is a very nice scarf, alpaca and a bit of mohair.  I lost the label or, more likely, one of the cats carried it off.  It’s about eight feet long.  The mid-section is about a foot wider.  I just wish it wasn’t blue.  I left it on my glass head for a few months hoping I would warm up to it.  Never happened.  My  daughter said her attendant would like it.  She has to stay at the back of the bus which is colder than the front.  My daughter drives the school bus for the special needs kids.  She says she loves them all, but they can be a real handful.  I believe I need to make some gloves before it gets chilly.

Olive is Stoned

September 19, 2018

  Notice her eyes are half-open.  Also, she had a heck of a time getting up on the buffet.  Normally, it’s one perfect lunge with one perfect landing.  She is very graceful and she loves to pose.  A few weeks ago Sweetums finally finished assembling the patio chairs.  He had left the parts on a pillow on the settle with all the catnip toys.  Got that?  And now I’ve got one very happy cat.

I was trying to take a picture of the hat in Superman colors.  It is for my great-nephew who lives farther north.  Should I add ear flaps?

  

Physical Therapy

May 24, 2018

Going to PT three times a week is really cutting into my crafting.  I know it is good for me and I’m noticing a difference, but I can’t help think, I could have gotten so much accomplished by now.

Even though I really can’t stand it, I’ve decided to try organization.  I want a designated space for my serger.  I’ve found some great videos on serging and I am anxious to start.  The end of work table #2 would be nice, so that’s where I began.  I looked at the yarn that has been piling up.  It has gone from bad to worse since MD Sheep & Wool.  I got out some handled bags and printed up patterns.  Suddenly everything started to fall into place and I’m making some progress.

Here is little A’s quilt.  It was so much fun to make.  I switched a few things and added some birds and planes and elephant family to help to make it personal.  And the sun too.

 

Not Getting Things Accomplished

April 28, 2018

Lately, I’ve been trying to do everything without getting any sense of accomplishment.  Having physical therapy three times a week does not help.  At least this place is much nicer than the last one.  The walls are a soft taupe, not a hard bright yellow.  The place is well-lit without being bright.  There are windows.  It’s not noisy.  There is a television, but it’s not laud.  Compared to the clapping, stomping and singing at the other place, it’s down right quiet.  I still don’t see the joy of daytime TV.

I tried to install my old, old embroidery software.  I finally gave up after a couple of hours and removed everything. What can I say?  It was handy.  The better one was in the closet under a bunch of stuff.  I shouldn’t be so lazy.  So now I have to install again and input my personal information.  Ugh!

I’ve been watching serger tutorials and have cut out a knit dress.  I am anxious to start, but I have to complete the quilt label by next Thursday.  It’s hard to  be good and impossible to be orderly.

Then there is the baby sweater for little A.  The front and back are finished and I have started the sleeves.  I would like to finish that by Thursday also.

 

 

Another Reason to Knit

April 19, 2018

My brother called on my birthday.  My nephew and his wife’s baby was born the day before.  Drat!  He missed by one day.  I’m so very happy for the new parents and grandparents.  They have been waiting so long.  Now, I can make a proper label for his quilt.  And knit lots of stuff, of course.

  Baby socks from leftovers.  They probably won’t stay on his feet because it is silk and bamboo yarn.

  A boldly striped sweater that won’t fit until he’s two.  He will, however, be easy to find.

A don’t have much in the way of baby patterns, so I’ve been pouring through my books and magazines.  I can’t find what I have in mind, which doesn’t surprise me.  I may have to wing it, but some guidelines would be helpful.

 

Rain

March 7, 2018

 

I think it rained for 24 hours.  At least it wasn’t snow.  We would have had to change the dreaded appointment.  We had to go up to Harrington this morning and I drove through pouring rain the whole way.  Sweetums was a little anxious, but everything worked out.  We had omelets at IHOP on the way home.  We chatted and laughed and enjoyed the meal and the coffee.  He felt so much better.  I don’t know what he would do if I died first.  There is Uber, but he would probably suck it up and drive himself.  I wouldn’t want to be behind him.