Thursday, June 22, 2017

Before June ends....

I always have such good intentions to post on this blog in a somewhat regular manner and then life happens and I just forget to do it.  I really do mean to, honest.

 My cutie patootie baby boy, LeRoy.  He looks so sad in this pic, but he is really my little bundle of happy
 New baby chicks, to replace the ones that some wild critter got.  I was so sad about that, and angry also.
The little sleeping princess, oops, excuse me I mean the little QUEEN.  She is 17 years old so she can sleep any time and place that she wants to. When she was just a kitten Dale would carry her upstairs to bed each night on her throne.  It was the funniest thing to see.  Erica would just sit regally on the cat scratcher pad which we called her throne and let Dale carry her upstairs.  Silly cat and hubby.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May already?!

 My lovely wild dogwood.  It was here when we bought the property way back in 1975 so it is quite old and still quite small.  It is almost on our township road, maybe that is why it is no bigger than it it.  I am just glad it is still alive.  I love Dogwood trees.

 Grandgirls of a friend of ours.  They both love D and put up with me to see him.  lol


 D knocked over his Rtic cup and the lid came off and it spilled under my chair so he turned it up on its back to let the throw rug underneath it dry out.  Coley thought that it was a perfect place to take a nap until Mom disturbed him.

 I am knitting the Colorwash Scarf in the Mason-Dixon Kal  I thought I had chosen two yarns with enough contrast to come up with stripes.  Guess I was wrong.  The lavender cake is really a lot less vibrant than it shows here and the pinky one is more vibrant.  As you can see I am not really getting a stripe, but I still like it.   The pinky is one that was hand dyed at a yarn shop my friend had and that I ran from here for a while.  The lavender is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Blue Violet  I think it shows better in their pic than in mine. 



The above photo is my grandson at a soccer game last Sunday evening.  It was actually a tournament.  That is him walking beside the referee..  Not a great pic but I was having trouble finding him on the field  The sun was shining in my eyes and the wind was blowing my hair in my eyes so I am just lucky to have even gotten this one.  They didn't do so well that day.  My son said it was the first game they had lost (5-2).  They didn't lose because they played badly , the other team just outplayed them.  Son said that the other team was REALLY good.  
There was a biker bar down the street from the fields and they were cooking some really good smelling food.  Among other things, it smelled as if they were frying potatoes.  Made me want to go home and fry some up myself. :)  I haven't fixed fried taters in a long time. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hannah"s Monday






As you can see Hannah had a really hard day on Monday.  She just couldn't find the perfect place to sleep.  She was in a few more places I just didn't have the time to keep photographing her.  I had to get some work done. lol  This is what she is VERY good at doing, that and stealing the other fur babies food.  She is the littlest doggie but she seems to eat the most.  
I tried taking her for a walk today to try to start trimming her down but she was having none of it.  We went out the back door at the office and when we made it around to the front door she was ready to go back in.  I made her keep walking and when we got back around back she tried to go in then, but mean Mommy that I am I made her make the trip around the office building again.  I made her go around twice!!  Wasn't that mean of me?  Luckily for her it was a raining day Tuesday so she didn't have to walk.  Then I was out of town on Wednesday.  Yesterday I just forgot.  Guess if it quits raining today we will have a go at it again.

 This is what my Wednesday looked like.  D had to go to Mineral Wells, WV today to get some of his continuing ed in.  I opted to go on the "road trip" with him.  I sat in the dining area of a hotel most of the day.  I did go out to eat lunch (D's was provided by the continuing ed program). 
 I went down the street to a Wendy's and had a chicken sandwich.,  Now, I am not the most confident of drivers when I am out of my comfort zone so I was being really careful of what I was doing.  I got into the center turn lane and waited for traffic to clear and then promptly turned into the Wesbanco parking lot which was beside the hotel but of course did not have a pull through. 
So, I circled the building and managed to pull out on the roadway again, stayed in the turning lane and promptly pulled right back into the Wesbanco lot AGAIN!!  Good grief!  I laughed at myself, circled the building and tried again.  This time I made it out again ok and went down the street just a tad further and pulled into the hotel parking lot.  
I was beginning to think that I was in Parkersburg, WV.  I was going to meet D and had to go through Parkersburg and I circled there 3 times before I got into the correct lane. This was 20+ years ago but D still teases me about it.  
I was going to take a walk around the outside after lunch but it had started to rain so I waited in my van until it had slowed down and then went back inside and spent the afternoon playing Farmville Country Escape and working on my blue shawl.  I am not sure if I am on the 2nd or 3rd skein of yarn.  Whatever it is I still have a ways to go before it is finished.  I think it is about 18 inches and I want it to be at least 48.   So I will be knitting on this for a while yet. 

I frogged a summer top that I started several years ago.  I was never that happy with it and when I pulled it out to finish it I finished it in another way by frogging it.  I had used too large of a needle and it was all loose and floppy.  I may do it again with a smaller needle and see how I like it.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter in DC with Good Friends

We made another whirlwind trip to DC for Easter.  The Masonic body of Commandery does a beautiful sunrise service at George Washington National Masonic Memorial.  Since Dale is in Commandery we have gone to it several years.    It is a tiring trip but a fun one.  
We have gone on buses, in my Mini-van and this year we rented a 12 passenger van.  We always have a good time.  
I am about the worlds worst to take pictures.  I used to be behind the camera alll the time taking pictures of what we saw and did and then one day I just stopped doing it.  So I have a little over a dozen photos to show for the weekend.  Oh, well.  I had fun and that is what really matters.  (All those pictures that I took in the past are packed away in a bureau and I never get them out and look at them.)
Here are a few of the few I took:
 This is the Grand Commander of Ohio.  He and his wife are good friends of ours.  They are fun to be with.
 This is the Sir Knights (which is what the men of Commandery all called) that came to our laying of a wreath at the Ohio WW2 Memorial.
 This is Dale and I standing either side of the wreath.
 Some art deco jewelry at the Smithsonian.
 Now why would I take a picture of knitting?  lol 
 The Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz.  I guess they are going to be taken off display soon to be cleaned, studies and stablizied.
 My tired feet at the end of the Smithsonian visit.  Saturday we walked about 8.5 miles.  We took the Metro but it was about 5 blocks from our hotel to get on it and then 3 or 4 from where we got off to the National Mall and then back to the hotel then back to the Metro to go to the Smithsonian and then back again.  We were all tired out.

 This was supposed to be a nice shot of the Ohio Knights marching up Shooters Hill but I was not tall enough to get my phone high enough and the sun was in my eyes and I was beat so this is as good as it got this year.

We made the trip home safe and sound, got all the people delivered back to where we picked them and came home ourselves and just crashed out for the night.  Dale just got back from taking the van back to the rental place so now we start to work.  (I am supposed to be working now but I have an understanding boss, my hubbie, so I'll get started when I get started. As long as I get my stuff done, it is ok.)

We are talking about taking the train to DC next year.  Since we have learned how to use the Metro we don't need a car or bus to get around.  I think it would be a really neat trip.  Of course I want to go on that cross country trip by train and hope to convince Dale of going one day.  I want to have a bedroom car but not sure that will happen.  Depends on the availability I guess. 

I did finish the knitting of my Cable and Lace Cardi and got it blocked and it went to DC with me.....in pieces, and came back home with me....in pieces.  I'll get it done up this week or I will lay it aside and forget all about it.  I know me.  

Now that I have finished the cardi knitting I need to find my next big project.  I have a few in mind but just haven't settled on one.  Right now I am knitting up a pair of socks that I only bought 1  60 gram skein of yarn for. I  don't know why I only bought one but for some reason that is all I got.  I can make a short pair of socks for myself. I think they are just going to be a 2x2 rib top, nothing fancy. 
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thank you, Son....

Thanks to my wonderful son I think I now can get my pictures from my phone to my PC.  He has helped me several times but I think this time it finally clicked as to what I am to do. (Forget about iTunes and go straight to photos. :) )  Well, I got them to the PC but they came over as little blocks and I can't see what they are until I try to upload them on here.  Drat.  Back to the drawing board.
The doggie above is my little mini dapple daschund.  She spends her day under my desk in her cozy little bed. She is a tad bit on the tubby side.  She scarfs down her food then goes grazing for the other 2 dogs and the 3 cats leftovers.  Poor baby, guess she and I need to start taking walks to thin her down a bit again.  She really is too heavy right now.  


 The two pictures above are some llama that I spun up.  It was fiber from pets that my kids had at one time.  When I finish I will have 2 BIG bobbins of it.  Not sure of the weight right now or the length.  When I put it on the niddy noddy I will count the strands and figure it out.  It is soooo soft. Depending on where you look at it it is between a sport and a worsted.  I am not totally consistent with my spinning just yet.
 These are a pair of fingerless mitts that I knit for a little friend of ours for Easter.  I'll be giving them to her this weekend when we see her.
 Socks made out of Sockotta in cotton, wool, and nylon.  Not crazy about them and the pic is really pretty lousy, but there you have it.  I made the toe bed too wide and I messed up a row (the stripe you see about 12 rows into the design).  I used the Decathlon Socks pattern.  An easy pattern to do but I was knitting them in dark brown in dark light and just messed it up  Decided it would be inside my shoe so not worth ripping back.  It will bug me forever now. lol

The fronts of the Cables and Lace Cardi.  It is all knit up now.  I blocked it last evening and am waiting for it to dry.  I'll probably be sewing it up on the road.  Oh, well.   
My beautiful little Coley.  Just playing with a dish scrubby that I just finished crocheting and he took off with. 
Mitts for another little friend.  They are sisters so the color is the same just different pattern and size.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pictures...what pictures?

I made sure to take pictures this morning of what I have been knitting on and also what I just plied.  Then I tried to transfer them to my computer from my phone and they just did not go.  Guess I will use my regular camera this evening and try again in the morning.

I had planned on knitting on the sleeves of my cardi last evening but then my spinning wheel started calling my name, and it just kept getting louder until I had to go see what it wanted.  It wanted the llama plied that I had spun a few months ago.  So....that is what I did last evening.  I had hoped to have a picture to post today, but guess not. 

I also took some baby camel, tussah silk off of the niddy noddy and made a hank out of it.  I was going to take a pic of it but forgot.  I had spun it for my DIL and I took it to her to show her last evening and she kept it to enjoy until we decided what I was going to make out of it for her.  (My son said I needed to make a King sized blanket out of it.  I asked, for a Barbie doll?) There is only 2 ounces so whatever it is won't be very big.  It is probably spun at about a sport weight.   My DIL had bought the fiber about 6 or so years ago and I just kept putting off spinning it because it was so slick. 
I finally decided to just go for it and see how it went.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it also wasn't a breeze to spin.  I am fairly new to spinning.  I have had my wheel since March of 2009 but I have not spun consistently with it.  I might spin for a month or two and then not touch it for several months.  Not a good way to become really good at it.  

Hopefully back with pictures tomorrow.  :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Random Pics

My dorky grandson.  Actually he said that MaMaw needed this hat, it is all pink and girly.  This was about 3 years ago.  He has grown so much since then.
poor baby had a run in with a honey bee.  I think the honey bee won even though it did lose it life.  Poor Sims couldn't get any sympathy for anyone.  We all laughed at him.  As you can see he laughed too. 
It is storming and all the dogs are trying to get under my desk.  THAT spot belongs to the little one that is looking at me.  Seems to be saying, "Mom, make them let me in MY spot."  They did finally move and let her get in there.