Archive for the ‘Family and Friends’ Category

Downy Woodpeckers

January 15, 2020

I finally got pictures of both Downys.  While the female was eating, the male was watching from the roof.

I’m off to get my arm cut on tomorrow.  I don’t have to be there until 11:15 so I can get a good shower and hair wash beforehand.  Since we are five minutes away, Sweetums doesn’t have to stay there and dwindle his thumbs.

Tiny Basket

January 6, 2020

I am trying to knit Mrs. Tittlemouse from Beatrix Potter.  I think Alan Dart has made every character except her.  Unfortunately she is my daughter’s favorite, so I am trying to use others like Hunka Punka to make her.  I couldn’t find a basket I liked so I came up with this one.  It seemed to need something so I knitted a little napkin.  It is leaning against my laptop glasses for size.

Alan Dart’s The Owl and The Pussy Cat

January 5, 2020

I was going to take pictures of my new hats out on the deck, but it is too cold and windy today.  There’s not much happening outside.  I’ve only seen a few vultures circle high above the  creek so the little birds are hiding in my bushes.  I can see a few white caps where the creek meets the river.

I had a great time making these.  It was definitely a labor of love.  I gave it to my daughter and son-in-law for their first anniversary.  And I already know what I’m going to knit next year.

 

New Kitty, New Windows, New Knee, Same Old Sweetums

January 4, 2020

I wasn’t going to bother with this anymore, but a few people actually asked about it.  We will see how it goes.  Now.  Where do I start?

Most of our windows were fifty years old and needed replacement.  They were done in three stages. The last was a few days before knee surgery.  I didn’t know they were coming in time and I got a migraine.  Luckily my medication was not on the forbidden list, but it still took two days to work.  The surgery was worth it.  I don’t have that awful deep pain that completely incapacitated me and I don’t have to take any drugs for it. That included a ton of laxatives.

Here’s our new kitty, Tony, sitting in my new kitchen window.

It is bigger than the old window and one piece of glass.  We bought this house in 2002 and never opened that window.  I could do without mullions, but you can’t have everything.  The cats like the new ledge.  They “chitter” to the birds.  More tomorrow.  Well, maybe.  I’m making Shepherd’s pie tonight.

Open Windows

August 24, 2019

It is so lovely to be able to turn off the air conditioning and let real air into my home.  I believe the weather has helped relieve the fog and pressure in my head.  I don’t like to be constantly taking prescription drugs for my headaches.  I love to sit outside and knit or sew.  There have been several hummingbirds at my flowers and herons in the creek.  Love it.

I thought I should catch you up on my knitting.  I had three wonderful days of classes with Beth Brown-Reinsel at Maryland Sheep & Wool n May.

I didn’t buy much.  I’m certain I have enough yarn to last the rest of my life, but I picked up a few things anyway.

Chilly Rainy Mothers Day

May 12, 2019

Yesterday I received the loveliest card from my daughter.  It made me cry.  How is it that this wonderful person is my daughter? All right.  Enough of this.  I’m going to do it again.

Last Sunday, we went to MD Sheep & Wool.  It was raining then, too.  New son-in-law actually asked if we were still going.  We laughed.  I don’t go on Saturday anymore.  I have enough yarn, but I still love to look.  And I always buy a few things.

There was a great exhibit in barn 7-8.  It consisted of 71 sheep breed samples of roving, yarn and swatches. I felt every single one of them.  And I have no idea how many times my daughter rolled her eyes.

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.

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.